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10 July 2015 by ATL
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.

Dear Madam/Sir

Freedom of Information request

I would like to ask the following two pieces of information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Schools Week recently reported that less than half of the inspectors had been successful in the new assessment process, which included online assessment and training. In the interests of transparency, would you please confirm how many inspectors applied to be assessed under the new process and how many were successful.

In light of the impact on pupils and the outcomes for the schools which have been inspected by those inspectors who failed, please would you also provide the names of the schools which were inspected in the last two years by a team containing one or more of the inspectors who were unsuccessful in the assessment process.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Stokes

Senior Policy Adviser, ATL

You can read our press release about the request on the ATL website. Under FoI rules, Ofsted have 20 working days to respond, so we'll update this story on July 28.

At least we hope to. Today's TES reports that "headteachers and governing bodies from across the country" are submitting their own FoI requests to find out if critical reports they received were written by inspectors themselves judged "inadequate" by Ofsted.

With so much paperwork to do over the next couple of weeks, the watchdog might struggle to meet that deadline.

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