Ofsted swoops after brawl in school canteen on TikTok

School receives unannounced visit following complaints from parents

Ofsted has conducted an emergency inspection of England’s biggest free school after a video showing a brawl between five students in the canteen was circulated on social media.

Northampton International Academy (NIA) received an unannounced visit on Monday that focused on behaviour and safeguarding. 

It followed complaints from many parents and was later upgraded to a full, graded section 5 inspection led by a team that included four HMI.

The visit poses serious questions for Ofsted, which rated NIA’s safeguarding as “effective” in June, despite finding “serious failings” the year before.

Read more in Schools Week.

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