Ofsted Would Be Replaced Under A Labour Government
We’ve covered several times how Ofsted add to teachers’ stress and workload. Now it seems that the
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We would abolish Ofsted and we would replace it with a different system… I believe Ofsted measures poverty. It measures deprivation. And I think Ofsted has to measure excellence.
How Would The New Plans Work?
Under the plans, Ofsted would be replaced with a two-phase inspection system. The first phase would involve local authorities carrying out ‘health checks’ on schools and other education providers. This would then be backed up by more in-depth inspections by full-time, trained inspectors. The party claimed this would ensure that parents get the “in-depth and reliable information that they need about our schools”.
Under this system, the in-depth inspection would take place as a result of concerns raised. These could come f
Rayner went on to say:
In too many cases, Ofsted’s judgements and grades reflect the affluence of a school’s intake and the social class of its pupils – not the performance of the school. School performance is far too important and complex to be boiled down to an over-simplified single grade, reducing all schools
toone of four categories.
The current system is unfit for purpose, so the next Labour government will abolish Ofsted and replace it with a system that will give parents the reliable and in-depth information that they need about our schools.
Replacing Ofsted Comes With Controversy
As you’d expect, this announcement has brought its fair share of controversy. The National Association of Head Teachers was supportive, when they tweeted: “A light-touch health-check for schools that are already good, with a more detailed focus and resources to identify and support those schools that still need to improve, is the right way to go.”
But Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, while praising Labour for acknowledging Ofsted needs reform, said the proposed two-phased system was a “complicated answer”:
Both tiers would require appropriate staffing, training and investment, as well as clarity about their respective roles and the trigger points for in-depth inspections. We all want an inspection system which works as well as possible, but the key to this is to look at how we judge performance fairly and consistently. This does not necessarily mean that we need to create new tiers of bureaucracy.”
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