College of Teaching leader brands Ofsted ‘outstanding’ grade ‘very problematic’

The TES Reports that Dame Alison Peacock questions Ofsted’s top grade and calls for secondary schools to make key stage 3 ‘a more compelling experience’.

The chief executive of the Chartered College of Teaching has added her voice to criticisms of Ofsted’s “outstanding” grade for schools.

Dame Alison Peacock told a headteacher’s conference on Friday that the top grade was “hugely divisive and very problematic”.

She told the headteachers: “My challenge, if I may, to secondary colleagues is that key stage 3 often could be a more compelling experience because often our children leave key stage 2 raring, and certainly children who have come back to me as a headteacher, and I don’t think I’m alone in this, often say, ‘Actually, we have done some of this before’.

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Many schools are very proud of their outstanding Ofsted status, are comments like these quite demoralising? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below or via Twitter ~ Mercedes 

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