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No notice inspections do not improve education says NAHT

 Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers), said:

“Exactly what we need in the current climate of fear and uncertainty surrounding Ofsted: more dawn raids and surprise visits! Ofsted is unable to maintain the quality and consistency of its current, planned inspections. The last thing it should do is over-reach still further when so many inspections contain basic mistakes.

“The fact of the matter is that behaviour was found to be good or better in 92 per cent of schools at their last inspection. Furthermore, of the many hundreds of thousands of parents with children in maintained schools, last year Ofsted received only 30 complaints that qualified for further investigation. Is this a real concern or a distraction? 

“The only crisis in our schools right now is one caused by perpetual interference. This will not help improve behaviour further. In fact, how will it enhance the authority of head teachers when Ofsted is willing to respond to anonymous complaints without verification? One unpopular decision and schools could face harsh penalties.”

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Page Published: 31/01/2014