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News - 15 April 2014

Teachers say Ofsted is 'broken and fallible'

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have accused England's education watchdog of being broken and not fit for purpose and want school inspections to be subject to an "inspection charter".

At its annual conference in Manchester, the ATL unanimously backed a motion calling for greater scrutiny of inspectors to ensure consistent results across the country. They say pressure from Ofsted forces heads to strive for the perfect school, putting staff under unbearable strain.

An Ofsted spokeswoman said: "Ofsted has played a major part in raising standards in England's schools over the past 21 years.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“In a speech last month, Sir Michael Wilshaw said routine inspections of the majority of England's schools - those rated as 'good' - would be ditched in favour of short visits from one inspector every two to three years.  Full inspections would be reserved for struggling schools, or those on the verge of being rated "outstanding".

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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