Is Ofsted under pressure?

With more and more schools challenging Ofsted judgements and a new inquiry into whether it’s fit-for-purpose, Dr Mary Bousted says the inspectorate’s influence is on the wane.

Strange times for Ofsted. Just before Christmas Twitter was alive with the breaking news that Ofsted had given teachers a Christmas present!

In an apparent volte face, new guidance told inspection teams they should not automatically criticise teachers for talking too much or mark them down if they did not lay on a range of different activities in the lessons. Nor should inspectors expect teaching to be personalised to each pupil.

The revised guidance states: “It is unrealistic ... for inspectors to necessarily expect that all work in all lessons is always matched to the specific needs of each individual. Do not expect to see ‘independent learning’ in all lessons and do not make the assumption that this is always necessary or desirable.’’

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