Ofsted’s stated ambition is to focus more on the quality of a school’s curriculum and less on evaluating data. We welcome this – it is the right direction of travel.
However, our detailed analysis shows that Ofsted’s proposed changes to inspection will fall well short of that ambition. As ever, the devil is in the detail. We’re clear Ofsted’s proposals are not the game-changer that they claim. They won’t remove the high-stakes and stress associated with inspection, nor will they lead to more consistent and reliable inspection judgements.
We know you probably don’t have time to comb through 230 odd pages of detail in the consultation, so we’ve created a handy guide to help you get underneath the detail of Ofsted’s proposals.
We’re asking all members to respond directly to the consultation. Our guide sets out NAHT’s position on the key questions in the consultation to help you. You don’t need to write anything – simply follow the guide, log on to Ofsted’s online survey or download a consultation document, and complete a tick box for each question. If you’d like to add some comments, we have provided some analysis to help you.
The consultation will close on Friday 5 April.
First published 28 February 2019