14/08/2014 16:59 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Sir Michael Wilshaw Announces Ofsted Will Focus On Inspections Of Failing Schools

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Chief Inspector of Schools in England and Head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw

Schools watchdog Ofsted is to focus on bringing standards up in under-performing schools up, it has announced.

The inspection body says it will reduce its assessment of schools that are already thriving to focus on schools that need to improve.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said there was 'little point' in sending in teams of inspectors every five years just to confirm that status.

Instead he proposed moving to a system where they would be subject to shorter, more frequent assessment, with full inspections reserved for schools which are failing or, conversely, on the cusp of being rated ' Ofsted Chief: 'We Need to Produce Luckier Children'