Ofsted, failing schools and intervention
Produced in partnership with Katie Michelon of Browne Jacobson and Nicholas Hancox of Nicholas Hancox Solicitors
Ofsted, failing schools and intervention

The following Local Government practice note Produced in partnership with Katie Michelon of Browne Jacobson and Nicholas Hancox of Nicholas Hancox Solicitors provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Ofsted, failing schools and intervention
  • Ofsted
  • Inspection of State-funded schools
  • Intervention in State-Funded Schools in England
  • Inspectors and school inspections in Wales

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, ss 37–38, Sch 16 Pt 1–Sch 16 Pt 3, Sch 17 Pt 1–Sch 17 Pt 3, among other measures, make provision to require temporary closure of educational institutions and to make temporary continuity directions relation to childcare, education and training by way of statutory instruments and/or guidance. For further information as to the current impact on this content, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—education tracker.

Ofsted

Ofsted is a non-departmental, government-funded organisation, operating in England and managed by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (HMCI). Most of Ofsted’s powers and duties are set out in Part 1 of the Education Act 2005 (EA 2005), and the general functions and duties of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector are detailed in sections 116–119 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (EIA 2006). These functions may be delegated in accordance with the law set out in EIA 2006, Sch 12.

Ofsted inspectors (HMIs) report to a Senior HMI.

The education and training inspectorate for Wales is called Estyn. For further information on Estyn in Wales, see: Practice Note: Regulation and inspection by Estyn.

In addition to the inspection of schools, the education, children's services and several other activities of every local authority in England are inspected by Ofsted. The inspection reports are

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