The TES is reporting that the resignation of David Hoare as chair of Ofsted has raised significant questions around whether the watchdog is in the midst of a crisis.
Mr Hoare’s resignation could not have come at a worse time for Ofsted. The start of the academic year is around the corner and the organisation is just months away from losing its outspoken chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw.
Education secretary Justine Greening demanded the former City businessman resign in a meeting on Monday in a bid to “maintain the confidence” of the profession in Ofsted.
But despite Ms Greening’s swift action, heads’ and teachers’ leaders have raised concerns that the inspectorate is entering a full-blown crisis.
“Ofsted certainly hasn’t been going through a very good patch at the moment,” Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL said. “It’s a very unstable time for the organisation and there will be interesting times ahead.”
“Ofsted is losing credibility as an inspectorate independent of government,” Kevin Courtney, NUT general secretary, said. “It is a major cause of excessive and debilitating workload for teachers and remains one of the main reasons teachers leave the profession.
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