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The Education (School Inspection) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Education (School Inspection) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 and come into force on 1st September 2015.

Amendment of the Education (School Inspection) (England) Regulations 2005

2.—(1) The Education (School Inspection) (England) Regulations 2005(1) are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation 2(1) (interpretation)—

(a)in the definition of “inspection”, omit the words from “in Part 2” to “the 2005 Act and”; and

(b)after the definition of “school year” insert—

“section 5 inspection” means an inspection of a school under section 5 of the 2005 Act;.

(3) For regulation 3(2) (intervals for inspection) substitute—

Intervals for inspection

3.(1) This regulation prescribes the interval between inspections of a school for the purposes of section 5(1)(a) of the 2005 Act (duty to inspect certain schools at prescribed intervals).

(2) In this regulation, “the earlier section 5 inspection” means the earlier of the inspections mentioned in paragraph (1).

(3) Paragraph (4) applies where—

(a)the school is not awarded a grade of “good” or better in the earlier section 5 inspection for the quality of education it provides; or

(b)the school is awarded such a grade in that inspection, and no relevant section 8 inspection is subsequently carried out.

(4) The interval is a period not exceeding 5 years after the end of the school year in which the earlier section 5 inspection was carried out.

(5) Paragraph (6) applies where the school is awarded a grade of “good” or better in the earlier section 5 inspection for the quality of education it provides, and one or more relevant section 8 inspections are subsequently carried out.

(6) The interval is a period not exceeding 5 years after the end of the school year in which the latest of the inspections mentioned in paragraph (5) was carried out.

(7) In this regulation, “relevant section 8 inspection” means an inspection of a school carried out under section 8(2) of the 2005 Act (other inspections) in relation to which the following two conditions are met.

(8) The first condition is that the inspection is carried out within the period of 5 years beginning with—

(a)the end of the school year in which the earlier section 5 inspection was carried out; or

(b)if one or more relevant section 8 inspections have already been carried out, the end of the school year in which the most recent of those inspections was carried out.

(9) The second condition is that the Chief Inspector—

(a)carries out the inspection for the purposes of determining whether the school would be likely to achieve a grade of “good” or better for the quality of education it provides if a section 5 inspection were carried out; and

(b)having carried out the inspection, is satisfied that the evidence does not suggest that the school would not achieve such a grade if a section 5 inspection were carried out.

(10) For the purposes of this regulation, an inspection is treated as being carried out at the time at which it is begun..

(4) In regulations 4(1)(3) and 6 for “an inspection” substitute “a section 5 inspection”.

David Laws

Minister of State

Department for Education

6th February 2015

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