School inspections will continue, Ofsted boss says
Education: Primary / Fri 24th Mar 2023 at 07:58am
STOPPING or preventing school inspections in England would be against “children’s best interests”, the chief inspector of Ofsted has said reports the BBC.
Amanda Spielman said they played an important role for schools and parents.
Unions have called for them to be paused, after head teacher Ruth Perry took her own life while waiting for a report that downgraded her school.
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Of course Amanda would say that, turkeys don't vote for Christmas, but OFSTED simply isn't fit for purpose. The case that has put OFSTED under the spotlight is absolutely tragic but perhaps might make the public more aware of why so many brilliant innovative Heads and teachers burn out and leave the profession. My experience is that even when schools are truly outstanding OFSTED diverts resources, creates massive stresses and puppet like looks at what the government minister dfe of the day thinks might be a "good" idea. As a result we have an education system that has signally failed to deliver a high skills high wage workforce and economy and a schools system that is not about education but passing examinations that are easy to mark rather than assess what's important.
OFSTED is all about the Government getting stats and not really about children's education. Teaching staff have to prepare for these inspections thus are not teaching.
Having been through an Ofsted inspection I can clearly identify with the concerns of many. And it has many concerns including sadly the process: They come on a Tuesday for example when the organisation has made the effort to make things look good. They leave on a Friday and the following Monday the organisation is a mess again. Troublesome students return, posters are taken down and filing problems are identified. A complete farce!