Ofsted is to inspect all of England’s schools and colleges in an attempt to gauge how well the education system is recovering after the pandemic.
All the more than 24,000 schools and 335 further-education providers will be inspected at least once, including last term’s inspections, by summer 2025.
The education secretary says this will give parents an “up-to-date picture”.
But the head teachers’ union said the government had some strange ideas about the priorities for education recovery.
“It is not Ofsted inspections that will help children to catch up with lost learning caused by the pandemic but ensuring that schools and colleges have sufficient funding from the government to deliver recovery programmes at the scale required,” Association of School and College Leaders general secretary Geoff Barton said.