Ofsted 'seen as toxic' and schools should 'self-evaluate' instead, says inquiry

Ofsted 'seen as toxic' and schools should 'self-evaluate' instead, says inquiry

Nov 20, 2023 by BBC News - Family & Education

Key Facts

  • Image source, Getty Images Image caption, The Beyond Ofsted inquiry called for a "transformational change" to the school inspections system Ofsted inspectors should not be in classrooms and the whole system needs "a big change", an inquiry has said.
  • The Beyond Ofsted inquiry, chaired by former schools minister Lord Jim Knight and funded by the National Education Union, called for a "transformational" alteration to school inspections.
  • The suicide of head teacher Ruth Perry earlier this year highlighted the pressure inspections can put on schools and led to a debate about how Ofsted operates.
  • Instead, schools should draw up their own improvement plans to be accountable to parents and the wider local community, the inquiry said.

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