How long can the DfE stay neutral in Ofsted v the MATs?

The row between Ofsted and some of the country’s biggest multi-academy trusts over the inspectorate’s new framework had quietened, TES is reporting.

Rumours circulating around the Westminster bubble suggested that the scrap – which ignited last month when the chief executives of Harris and Outwood Grange launched an unexpected attack on Ofsted – would be brought to a close after peace talks convened by the Department for Education.

The statement pulled no punches, demanding that the framework be rewritten, reiterating the position they had taken when the row first hit the headlines: that the new-style inspections unfairly penalises successful schools working in the toughest circumstances.

“Ofsted has said it has no preference about the length of the key stages, but the content of its new framework puts inspectors in an impossible position.”

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