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Education Select Committee hears evidence from Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman

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Last week, the influential committee of MPs which scrutinises government policy on education heard evidence on Ofsted's new framework for school inspections. They further questioned Ofsted's positions on a number of issues including the EBacc and school funding.

The session was opened by the Chair, Robert Halfon MP who raised concerns that the EBacc's focus was too narrow, crowding out technical and creative subjects.

James Frith MP questioned how Ofsted would balance out the data held on a school with what was found in a school through the new framework. William Wragg MP inquired whether the Department for Education had an input into the development of the new framework to which the Chief Inspector responded that they were involved, as were many other stakeholders, but that it was very much a design of Ofsted.

Thelma Walker MP questioned whether inspectors would be given the appropriate powers to speak out on the issue of funding and be able to highlight the consequences of a lack of funding.

Our political monitoring company, Dods, has produced a useful summary of the session which can be found below.

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First published 12 February 2019