Majority of teachers don’t trust Ofsted

The TES is reporting that a survey shows the longer a teacher has been in the profession, the less likely they are to think Ofsted is reliable

More than half of the teachers do not accept that Ofsted is “reliable and trusted” in inspecting school standards, a major new survey has revealed.

Ofsted’s annual teachers survey has also revealed that 54 per cent of teachers believed Ofsted inspecting their school would mean a huge amount of unnecessary work.

The survey of just over 1,000 teachers shows that 51 per cent of those questioned either strongly or slighty disagree with the statement “Ofsted acts as a reliable and trusted arbiter of school standards across all different types of schools in England.”

The figures indicate that the longer a teacher has been in the profession the less likely they are to think that the inspectorate is reliable.

Only 17 per cent of NQTs or teachers in their first year disagreed with the statement that Ofsted was reliable and trusted.

This increased to 47 per cent of teachers who have been in the profession for up to six years, 53 per cent of teachers who had worked for seven to 15 years and 58 per cent of those teachers who had been in the profession 16 years or more.

However the overall figure of 51 per cent is an improvement for Ofsted on the 2017 survey when 60 per cent of teachers questioned did not accept that the inspectorate was a trusted and reliable arbiter of school standards.

The survey also showed that 49 per cent of teachers disagreed with the statement that Ofsted was a force for improvement in the education system while 24 per cent agreed with this.

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