#PauseOfsted: NEU backs headteacher-led 'quiet revolution'

Inspection updates
The National Education Union (NEU) has put its support behind a headteacher-led grassroots campaign to disrupt Ofsted’s school inspection programme.

Last week, the Headteachers’ Roundtable group formally requested that all school-based employees resign as Ofsted additional inspectors with immediate effect.

The #PauseOfsted campaign has been termed a “quiet revolution” after it was put forward at the group’s 2020 summit on Friday (February 7).

Stephen Tierney – chairman of the Headteachers’ Roundtable and recently retired CEO of Christ the King, St Cuthbert’s and St Mary’s Catholic Academies in the North West – opened the summit by making a request that colleagues who work as inspectors “pause” their involvement.

In response, the NEU’s Leadership Council has pledged its support and the union is now advising its members not to work for Ofsted as additional inspectors either.

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