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It would scrap the exemption, introduced in 2012, under which outstanding schools did not have to face routine Ofsted inspections.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said it would help parents to make better-informed school choices.

About 3,700 schools and colleges, rated as outstanding, would become part of the inspection cycle, alongside those graded as “good”, “requires improvement” and “inadequate”.

The change could also end the steady rise in the number of schools rated as outstanding – because such schools will now face the risk of being downgraded.