Updated Ofsted inspection framework and handbooks – Friday 15 July 2022

This week I report on updated Ofsted inspection framework and handbooks as well as updated DfE guidance on Behaviour in schools, Suspension and permanent exclusion from schools and Searching, screening and confiscation at schools which all come into force from September 2022, and also the announcement by the UKHSA that all primary pupils will be offered a flu vaccination in the Autumn term.

Updated Ofsted inspection framework and handbooks
In preparation for September, Ofsted has reviewed and updated its inspection framework and handbooks. The current Section 8 and Section 5 handbooks have now been merged into the schools inspection handbook for September 2022 and the school monitoring handbook.

Changes include the curriculum grace period, which has been in place since 2019, coming to an end.  The ‘quality of education’ judgement now contains a new grade description, “acknowledging that settings are no longer facing emergency measures and are taking longer-term approaches to return pupils and learners to the curriculum they always intended”.

Ofsted has also updated the way it refers to the different types of inspection in its school inspection handbooks. Full section 5 inspections will now be referred to as ‘graded inspections’, while shorter section 8 inspections of ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools will now be called ‘ungraded inspections’.

Updated guidance on Behaviour in Schools, Suspension and Permanent Exclusion from Schools and Searching, Screening and Confiscation at School
This week the DfE has published updated guidance around behaviour in schools, along with the powers schools have to screen and search pupils and to confiscate items they find, as well as statutory guidance on suspension and permanent exclusion from schools.  All of these documents will come into force on 1 September 2022.

Flu vaccinations to be offered to primary school pupils in the Autumn
The UK Health and Security Agency has announced that all primary school pupils in England will be offered a flu vaccination in the Autumn term. The vaccinations will be given by the NHS school-aged immunisation service.