More than 1,000 'outstanding' schools not inspected for decade

The BBC has reported that 1,010 'outstanding' schools in England have not been inspected for more than 10 years.

This means that one in 20 children in England is in a school that has not been inspected for more than a decade, with  24 schools having gone without inspection for more than 13 years.

The Department for Education is planning to lift an exemption on routine inspections for outstanding schools, with the number escaping inspection rising to 1,010 from 296 in 2017.

The National Association of Head Teachers has stressed that inspecting all schools would ensure they were not ‘failing or at risk of decline’.