NUT calls for controversial body to be scrapped

ofsted-logo-blueTeaching unions have slammed plans by Ofsted to introduce ‘double inspections’ in the spring to verify the reliability of the inspection process.

The controversial body wants two inspections of a school on the same day. In response, the NUT has called for Ofsted to be scrapped.

NUT deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney said: “The admission that Ofsted cannot guarantee the reliability and consistency of its inspection teams and judgements on schools is a disgrace.

“The NUT has long been saying that Ofsted judgements on schools were unreliable and that the system of school accountability in England requires root and branch reform.

“Ofsted should be abolished and a new system of school accountability based on school self-evaluation, school-to-school collaboration and support and a role for democratic local authorities put in its place. In the meantime there must be an external review of Ofsted’s operation and judgements.

“The suggestion that inspecting schools twice will resolve the flaws in the current system is nonsense. In effect this is merely punishing schools for Ofsted’s failings. There is clear evidence that Ofsted is a major source of unsustainable workload and stress for teachers and a major cause of teachers leaving the profession.

“Ofsted must go and the government must act now to restore confidence in its school accountability framework.”

ATL general secretary Mary Bousted said: “Questions about the reliability of its judgements have dogged Ofsted since it was set up in 1992.

“It is incomprehensible that Ofsted has waited 23 years to investigate whether or not its judgements are reliable when the consequences for schools are so devastating if they are judged to be poor.

“We note that Ofsted, however, is not opening itself up to external evaluation of the reliability trials.

“If Ofsted has robust quality assurance, why is it not opening itself up to external scrutiny?”


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