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Last reviewed on 1 May 2024See updates
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  1. 26 April 2024: schools with RAAC in some of their buildings can defer inspections this term
  2. 24 April 2024: Ofsted outlines its approach to artificial intelligence (AI)
  3. 7 February 2024: having RAAC in your buildings is sufficient grounds to defer an inspection
  4. 19 January 2024: Ofsted inspection handbook updated for 2024
  5. 5 January 2024: Ofsted inspections to begin from 22 January
  6. 2 January 2024: Ofsted delays start of spring term inspections
  7. 8 December 2023: Ofsted delaying inspections on 11-15 December by 1 day
  8. 13 September 2023: Ofsted won't inspect schools affected by RAAC
  9. 18 July 2023: Ofsted School Inspection Handbook updated for 2023
  10. 13 June 2023: Ofsted is making changes to inspections
  11.  Previous updates

26 April 2024: schools with RAAC in some of their buildings can defer inspections this term

Ofsted has announced that schools with confirmed RAAC are eligible for inspections in the summer term (they weren't in autumn or spring). 

However, schools with confirmed RAAC can defer the inspection, if they want to. Having RAAC in some of your school's buildings is grounds for deferral.

Ofsted reaffirmed that schools that don't have RAAC in their buildings, but are still affected in some way (e.g. taking on pupils from other schools with confirmed RAAC), will receive special consideration if they request a deferral.

See Ofsted's news story for details.

Ofsted has released a new policy paper. It highlights that inspectors will consider how schools' use of AI contributes to the criteria set out in the inspection framework, such as the quality of education and safeguarding. Ofsted won't be directly inspecting the quality

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