U-turn on no-notice Ofsted inspections


The head of Ofsted has backed down on plans for no-notice inspections of schools in England.

Sir Michael Wilshaw has said instead that schools will be notified the afternoon before. Heads currently get 48 hours' notice.

But plans to scrap the "satisfactory" grade will go ahead. From September these schools will be labelled "requires improvement", because many "satisfactory" schools have failed to improve.

The National Association of Head Teachers welcomed the inspections U-turn.