No-Notice Inspection of Schools

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Commenting on no-notice inspections of schools by Ofsted Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Snapshot, no-notice inspections by Ofsted are not an appropriate way to pass judgement on a school.

“For accountability to be meaningful there needs to be proper professional and respectful dialogue. It should not be an exercise in walking in and out, giving no chance to see the work of the school in the round.

“No-notice inspections will keep schools looking over their shoulders in anxiety at the prospect of Ofsted’s arrival. This will simply add to the stress levels of teachers and do nothing to improve teaching.

“The Government should look to and learn from the ‘light touch’ accountability systems of high-performing countries such as Finland and New Zealand which are predicated on trusting schools and teachers to do the best by their students, rather than based on the idea that this can only be achieved through threats or penalties.

“Ofsted is now tarnished. It is time we replaced it with a system that works for children and teachers.”

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