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updated on 20 January 2022
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Stay up to date with all things Ofsted, including plans to review teachers' professional development and to inspect all schools by summer 2025.

20 January 2022: Ofsted aims to have a full team of inspectors again from 31 January

  • School leaders who are also inspectors were temporarily relieved of their inspecting duties from the start of January, to focus on the return to school after the Christmas break 
  • From 31 January, Ofsted will have its full team of inspectors to call on again
  • School leaders will still get to decide whether to offer their services to Ofsted, as has always been the case
  • Additionally, Ofsted's deferral policy remains in place (see the update below for more detail)
  • Your school should have received an email about this. If not, read more in this Schools Week article

If your school is significantly impacted by COVID-related staff absence, it can ask to defer its inspection. Read more about Ofsted's clarification on deferrals in our 2 December 2021 update below Additionally, Ofsted won't ask school leaders

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