Exclusive: Radical Ofsted reform on Labour’s agenda

Detailed discussions have been held about how a Labour government would radically reform Ofsted as part of its plan for local, democratic accountability of schools, Tes can reveal.

The party’s policy chiefs have been talking about how to change the current system over concerns about its reliability and the impact it has on workload and teacher retention, it is understood.

There has been union pressure to make a big statement by abolishing Ofsted. But that could leave the party that has already pledged to get rid of Sats open to accusations that it was weak on standards and school accountability.     

Tes understands that options for Ofsted and school inspection are being considered as part of the party’s National Policy Forum discussions about Labour’s planned new national education service.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has already said publicly that the current school inspection regime needs reform.

“This report highlights that the current system is too often unreliable and inconsistent while driving high levels of workload in schools at a time when teachers are already under huge pressure as a result of Tory cuts, with many leaving the profession altogether.”

Read the full article Exclusive: Radical Ofsted reform on Labour’s agenda 

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  1. Paul Desgranges

    The crucial point for me is that a broad and balanced curriculum should shape the inspection regime in a constructive, positive and objective manner. Currently the inspection regime determines the curriculum offer and schools restrict and reduce pupil choice to achieve an Ofsted grade. Schools are also driven by a data obsession perceived to be a way of achieving a good or outstanding OFSTED assessment. As a result the arts have a reduced allocation on the timetable, pupil choice is severely restricted and talents and skills are being wasted and ignored.
    In effect the tail is wagging the dog.

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