- Derbyshire and Derby City
THAT Conference notes the following comments made in a speech by Amanda Spielman, HM chief inspector, at the Festival of Education on 23 June 2017:
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “Teachers and lecturers work extremely hard to deliver good quality outcomes for their learners and they are doing so in very challenging circumstances, as this Ofsted report implies.
Commenting on the Ofsted reliability report, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:
“Ofsted is to be commended for initiating research into the reliability of its inspection judgements and this report is welcome as a first step.
The time has come for a radically different approach to school inspection.
Ofsted is right to highlight the escalating shortage of teachers and heads, which the Government urgently needs to tackle, says the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).
Following on from our successful vision for inspection in schools, ATL has produced A New Vision for Inspection in Further Education.
ATL's approach of debate not demand has secured an official memo from Ofsted setting out a list of paperwork and practices which inspectors DO NOT require schools to provide as part of the inspection process.
Teachers need an end to excessive working hours. Recent DfE analysis shows that primary teachers work around 60 hours a week and school leaders even longer. This is not sustainable.
On June 30, ATL submitted a Freedom of Information (FoI) request regarding the failure of 1,200 inspectors to pass Ofsted's rigorous new assessment process.
In private, and off the record, politicians of all political persuasions will admit that Ofsted is no longer, if it ever was, the key to raising educational standards.