Ofsted has published more details on monitoring visits. From 18th January, Ofsted intends to start making monitoring inspections to primary, secondary and special schools and colleges graded inadequate or requires improvement. These visits will not result in a grade.
On site visits or inspections will be risk assessed based on the nature of the premises and the urgency of the work. Ofsted will continue to risk assess monitoring visits and have said that some aspects of a visit can only be done on site, so they will continue to visit in person where possible.
They have confirmed that inspectors are given guidance on safety and supplied with PPE. They are arranging a testing programme, which will enable inspectors to take a test before face-to-face visits.
If for any reason a visit is not possible, leaders may ask for a deferral by making a request to the lead inspector during the notification call.