Ofsted is unable to operate its new framework competently. Change is needed, which is why the #PauseOfsted campaign is timely and welcome, says Dr Mary Bousted

It is now abundantly clear that the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) is in trouble. Launched with such fanfare in September, the EIF has failed to be fairer to schools in deprived areas, who are still, despite Ofsted’s assurances that things would change, disproportionately likely to be given negative Ofsted judgements.

Teachers in primary schools, and heads of small departments in secondary schools, have told us that their already intensive and excessive workload has increased dramatically as they write intent, implementation and impact statements.

Mock “deep dives” into subject areas are creating huge stress in an already stressed out profession.

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