A Hampshire MP has urged education regulator Ofsted to show more flexibility when inspecting small rural schools.

The representative for Meon Valley, Flick Drummond has shared concerns about how small rural schools in her constituency often worry about being inspected at short notice.

The MP urged inspectors to show more flexibility and understanding when inspecting small rural schools.

The topic was raised by the head of West Meon Primary School during a recent visit by the Tory MP.

While in parliament, Ms Drummond asked school standards minister Damian Hinds: “The last-minute nature of Ofsted inspections is causing huge anxiety to my small rural schools in Meon Valley.

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“That means that teachers and in particular headteachers are putting off activities, such as residential school trips, educational trips and professional development courses, in case they get that call from Ofsted.

“Will my right honourable friend consider changing the notice period for inspections so that teachers can plan their workload better?”

Speaking afterwards, the MP thanked the primary school’s head for raising the issue with her.

She added: “I will continue to support our small rural schools and ensure they receive a fair inspection from Ofsted.”