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NAHT comments on suspension of Ofsted inspections during Coronavirus

Commenting on the announcement today by the Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson that Ofsted inspections will be suspended during the Coronavirus pandemic, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said:

“Following constructive conversations with the Secretary of State last night, we’re pleased to see that the government has decided that Ofsted inspections will cease until further notice. We now expect the same to be said of all performance tables and other accountability measures.

"The government has placed a significant responsibility on schools to stay open in order to keep other areas of society functioning, at least in the short term. It would be entirely wrong to hold schools to account in the normal way when the situation we are facing is far from normal.

"The government must move quickly now to provide clarity for the dedicated public servants working in education about what the state expects them to do. NAHT is in daily contact with the DfE to bring this about.”

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NAHT Head of Press and Media
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