According to TES, Ofsted has been criticised for giving academy chain leaders advance details of its controversial new inspection framework before other schools.
A group representing multi-academy trust chiefs has been given sight of a working draft of the new inspection handbook before it is officially published later this month, Ofsted has confirmed.
One teaching union leader has questioned whether maintained schools have been given the same access to Ofsted’s inspection plans and accused the inspectorate of being biased towards MATs.
Ofsted said that it had shared working versions of the inspection handbook with teaching unions and other sector representatives, including MAT leaders.
Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU, said: “Our union’s position is that Ofsted needs to give schools more time to prepare for the changes it is proposing. Schools need to understand the changes they will need to make.”
Ofsted is set to launch a consultation on its plans for the new framework on 16 January before starting the new regime in September.
A new quality of education inspection judgement will replace the teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for pupils categories. Schools will still be given an overall grade of “outstanding”, “good”, “requires improvement” or “inadequate” under the new framework.
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