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News - 25 September 2014

Ofsted rejects claims of inspection tip-offs


An Ofsted investigation following reports in the Observer newspaper that three academies had known in advance about impending Ofsted inspections, has found no evidence that the schools in Norfolk had been improperly warned about when to expect inspections.

However, they did find that the chief executive of the academy trust had mistakenly been copied into an email with an inspection schedule.

Ofsted's director of quality and training, Sir Robin Bosher, carried out the investigation and says he found no evidence to substantiate the claims.

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“The email had been sent to Dame Rachel de Souza, currently the chief executive of Inspiration Trust which runs two of the schools, in error in her role as a part-time inspector.”

The Inspiration Trusts chairman is Theodore Agnew, a non-executive director of the Department for Education and chairman of the Academies Board, responsible for the oversight of the academies programme in England.

The investigation examined why there might have been a "perception among a number of people associated or familiar with the schools" that school leaders had prior warning of inspections.

The three schools were kept in a longstanding state of "Ofsted readiness", the investigating team found, even though they did not have any certainty of when inspections would actually take place.

Following the investigation, Sir Robin recommended that Ofsted should examine "processes around confidentiality and preventing conflicts of interest".

He also suggested a more flexible approach to make the timing of Ofsted inspections less predictable.

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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