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NAHT comments on today’s Ofsted annual report

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, which represents leaders in the majority of schools said:

“Ofsted recognises that the vast majority of schools perform well. This is down to the superhuman efforts of the teachers and leaders up and down the country in providing a first class education for children. This achievement is all the more remarkable against the backdrop of austerity and all the added pressures that brings.

“It is no coincidence that the very small number of schools that have struggled over many years serve the most disadvantaged communities, despite the tireless efforts of teachers and school leaders to improve outcomes.  

“Many leaders of schools working in challenging circumstances tell us that they struggle to recruit teachers and the high stakes low trust accountability regime has been part of the problem. Ofsted’s recent more supportive narrative is welcome but it will be some time before the culture of fear changes. Leaders and teachers need absolute confidence that the inspection system will treat teachers and leaders fairly and properly recognise the significant challenges in striving to transform life chances for the most disadvantaged in society.

“What is clear is that schools cannot do it alone - school leaders need cooperation and support from beyond the school and a more joined-up approach to ensure all young people are given the best chance to succeed.”

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