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.
Mary Bousted blogged well last year about the inadequacies of Ofsted quality assurance systems. I'd like to look at one of the fundamental problems with Ofsted’s methodology for collecting and using evidence during inspection.
The title of next Tuesday's debate is "What’s the top priority: inspection or improvement?"
Sir Michael Wilshaw should not be worried that Ofsted is unlikely to win any popularity contests. Teachers and school leaders set a low bar for the agency. They merely want the school accountability system to be valid, fair and reliable. Yet, Ofsted is none of these things.
ATL members' deep concerns about the current inspection regime mean we are engaging seriously with the changes put forward in the Ofsted consultation for a common inspection framework in education, published this morning,