Disappointment as Ofsted passes buck on single-word judgements

There was frustration this week after Ofsted seemingly passed the buck over MPs’ calls for single-word inspection judgements to be axed.
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In its response to a damning Education Select Committee report, Ofsted said that the decision over the future of single-word judgements was one for the Department for Education (DfE).

MPs on the select committee had called on Ofsted to “develop an alternative” to the current system, which it called “reductive and simplistic”.

But Ofsted’s formal response to the committee, published last week, offered little on the subject other than a commitment to “engaging with them (the DfE) on all relevant matters”.

The MPs want to see a new system that will “better capture the complex nature of a school's performance”. In its response, Ofsted revealed it was working on making changes to its website to show “the full range of judgements, not just overall effectiveness grades” – another of the select committee’s recommendations. However, it had nothing of note to say about single-word judgements.

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