Headteachers reject Ofsted’s plans for pre-inspection visits

Changes to the Ofsted framework that would see inspectors paying an on-site visit to schools the day before an inspection begins have gone down “like cold vomit” among headteachers and could be scrapped, a conference has heard.

According to Steve Rollett, curriculum and inspection expert at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), there has been “a lot of negativity” from teachers and school leaders about proposals that would see schools visited the day before an inspection is officially underway.

Speaking at the ASCL annual conference in Birmingham last week, he said: “If I was to say this has gone down in the sector like cold vomit, that’s probably pretty accurate.

“I can’t tell you that this won’t happen – because of course it is out there, and we do know that Ofsted has got some pretty clear plans about what they want to achieve as a result of this framework. But if I was a betting person, this is the part of the consultation that I would say is less likely to make it through.”

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