Call for overhaul of ‘ineffective’ Ofsted

Ofsted inspections are ‘ineffective’ and put children’s education ‘at risk’. The claim has come as a teaching union publishes its own proposals detailing how school inspection should be radically overhauled. Pete Henshaw takes a look.

An end to overall school grades, politically driven inspection criteria and the over-reliance on data are among the central tenets of a new-look inspection system being proposed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

In its proposals, published this week, the union has attacked the current Ofsted inspection regime as “ineffective” and claims that it puts children’s education “at risk” because of the impact it has on teachers and schools.

The 16-page document, entitled A New Vision for Inspection in Education, argues that the £142 million a year spent on Ofsted could be better invested and calls for a radical overhaul of how inspection operates.

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