‘A cosmetic change’ – school leaders unimpressed by Ofsted move

Ofsted’s move to display sub-judgements on its reports website in an attempt to provide a more rounded picture of inspection outcomes has been dismissed by school leaders as nothing more than “a cosmetic change”.
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The change took place on Friday (May 10) and simply means that sub-judgements are now being displayed alongside the overall judgement at the top of a school’s inspection report page.

The Association of School and College Leaders is not impressed. On Friday, Pepe Di’Iasio, general secretary, said: “The problem with the inspection system is not presentational but the fact that reducing everything that a school does to a blunt label is inherently flawed and deeply destructive.”

He continued: “It raises the stakes of an inspection to a level that is certain to cause stress and anxiety, drive people out of the profession, and which is often counterproductive when a negative grade stigmatises a school.”

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