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Ofsted reforms get mixed reaction from a profession under pressure

Changes that will mean schools rated as “good” no longer face full routine inspections have received a less than positive reception from teachers.

Changes that will mean schools rated as “good” no longer face full routine inspections have received a less than positive reception from teachers.

School leaders, meanwhile, have raised a number of questions which they say need answering before they can welcome the reforms.

Ofsted’s chief inspector unveiled the changes last week during an address at the annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) in Birmingham.

The plan, which Sir Michael wants to see enacted by September 2015 or possibly earlier, will see England’s inspectorate focusing its work on schools rated inadequate or requiring improvement.

The proposals affect the 60 per cent of schools ranked as good across England and would mean they only receive “light-touch visits” from an HMI every two or three years. The findings of the visit would be sent to parents by letter. 

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