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

Ofsted seen as toxic and schools should self-evaluate, 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.
  • His inquiry said schools should carry out their own "self-evaluations" by working with an external "improvement partner" - an experienced school leader, including serving heads, from the school's trust or local authority - to produce a performance review.

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