Ofsted plans for double inspections of school  

Responding to the news that Ofsted is to trial ‘double inspections’ in the spring to verify the reliability of the inspection process, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

 “The admission that Ofsted cannot guarantee the reliability and consistency of its inspection teams and judgements on schools is a disgrace.

 “The NUT has long been saying that Ofsted judgements on schools were unreliable and that the system of school accountability in England requires root and branch reform.

 “Ofsted should be abolished and a new system of school accountability based on school self-evaluation, school-to-school collaboration and support and a role for democratic local authorities put in its place. In the meantime there must be an external review of Ofsted’s operation and judgements.

 “The suggestion that inspecting schools twice will resolve the flaws in the current system is nonsense. In effect this is merely punishing schools for Ofsted’s failings. There is clear evidence that Ofsted is a major source of unsustainable workload and stress for teachers and a major cause of teachers leaving the profession.

 “Ofsted must go and the Government must act now to restore confidence in its school accountability framework.”

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