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Last reviewed on 8 September 2021
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Ofsted has updated its inspection handbooks for September 2021. See what's changed for the new academic year, including inspection guidance on sexual harassment and the extension of inspection windows.

Quick summary: what's changed?

Ofsted's transitional period will last until March 2022 at least COVID-19 adaptations in your school A new section on harmful sexual behaviour in the School Inspection Handbook (paragraphs 306 to 310) Extended inspection intervals of up to 6 terms for the first inspection following the pandemic Removal of the risk assessment process for the first inspection following the pandemic for formerly exempt schools New section on careers information, education, advice and guidance (CIEAG) in the School Inspection Handbook (paragraphs 256 to 259) Section 8 inspection handbook changes Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) changes Ofsted won't use teacher-assessed grades from 2020 and 2021 Inspectors will look at how your school uses tutors, if it has deployed them to support education recovery Ofsted will look at how your school supports staff teaching outside of their subject expertise References to early career

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