Nick Brook, deputy general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT said: “It’s important to recognise that all schools are unique. Because of this, it’s vital that all schools are inspected on the same criteria, including free schools and academies. In order to support accountability across all types of structures, Ofsted should be able to inspect multi-academy trusts in the same way that local authorities are inspected.
“For a long time, NAHT has argued in favour of a system of only two judgements, to show clearly whether a school is good or not. Too often, the Outstanding grade limits a school’s ambition because of a desire to retain that grade. Too often, there will be areas of outstanding practice in Good schools that go unrecognised because they don’t achieve that grade overall. For schools that are not yet good, support rather than sanction is the quickest pathway to improvement. Branding schools as failing often means they’ll take longer to turn the corner.
“Ofsted’s new corporate strategy is welcome. It brings with it a clear desire on the part of the new chief inspector to work collaboratively, openly and respectfully with the thousands of professionals who are charged with the responsibility of educating our nation’s children.
“Our regular discussions with Ofsted will now focus on how this strategy can be achieved, so that where a school demonstrates particular strengths, this can be recognized for the benefit of that school’s community, and shared so that all schools can benefit from what Ofsted learns in every school it visits.”
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