The prime minister has vowed to inject £10m additional funding into the schools watchdog and introduce a raft of new measures, including increasing the length of inspections from two to three days to focus on behaviour, bullying and the extra-curricular offering. The Independent reports.
Geoff Barton, leader of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), branded no-notice inspections “completely impractical” – and warned the Tories were “flogging a dead horse” since the idea had been raised so many times before.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT), said Mr Johnson’s announcement was an acknowledgement that the current inspection system does not provide “a fair and reliable judgement on school performance”.
He said: “No-notice inspections will do more harm than good – they will result in more wasted time for inspectors, whilst arrangements are frantically put in place to meet their needs; they will be more disruptive and stressful to teachers and pupils; and will give zero additional insight in return.”
Reacting to the Tories’ pledge to boost spending on Ofsted inspections, Angela Rayner, Labour’s shadow education secretary, tweeted: “It’s created a culture of fear among teachers, driven thousands from the profession, and fails to give parents meaningful information about their children’s school.”
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