Coronavirus: Teacher workload means ‘Ofsted must cease’

TES is reporting that routine Ofsted inspections should be halted because of the increasing workload pressures places on teachers during the coronavirus outbreak, the NEU teaching union has said.

Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, joint general secretaries of the NEU teaching union, have written to Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, urging her to suspend routine school inspections during the coronavirus outbreak, which they described as a time of “excessive” workload for teachers.

“We agree with your observation that: ‘The spread of Covid-19 poses serious challenges to schools, colleges, childcare and social care providers – not least the potential impact on attendance and staffing,” the letter reads.

“We fail to understand that, in light of the Government’s decision to move to the ‘delay’ phase, Ofsted has revised its deferral policy to defer inspections on providers that are ‘affected’.”

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