Today the National Audit Office (NAO) publishes a report which focuses on Ofsted’s inspection of schools and whether this provides value for money. School leaders’ union, NAHT, was one of the few organisations which submitted evidence to the NAO’s inquiry.
Nick Brook, NAHT deputy general secretary, said: “Holding schools to account for the work that they do is an essential part of our publicly funded education system, but the current accountability system is muddled and hard to understand, even for schools.
"Schools and parents alike will be concerned to read that the NAO has concluded that the level of independent assurance about schools’ effectiveness has reduced. Confidence in the quality and reliability of inspection is of paramount importance to all.
"We encourage Ofsted and the Department for Education to continue to work with NAHT’s accountability commission to develop a future system that we can all have faith in."
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