Nick Brook, deputy general secretary of NAHT, which represents leaders in the majority of schools in England, said: “This will be a significantly different role for Ofsted from the one parents and schools are familiar with. Ultimately, the usefulness of these visits will be wholly dependent upon the quality of the discussions between school leaders and Her Majesty’s Inspectors.
“Following years of high stakes accountability, it is entirely understandable why some school leaders will greet this news with a fair degree of trepidation. NAHT will continue to work with Ofsted to shape the detail of these proposals to provide the reassurance to schools that this is an activity that can be engaged with openly and without fear.
“Until all pupils return to school we cannot know for certain how extended lockdown has affected our nation’s children. It is vital that government is willing and able to support schools through the Autumn and beyond in facing these challenges together.
“The biggest threat to good decision making from government is lack of insight. If these visits are genuinely about working collaboratively to gather on the ground intelligence, then Ofsted could potentially help fill in the blanks and prompt the government to act swiftly in response.”
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