Is Ofsted in crisis after resignation of chairman David Hoare?

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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  1. Nairb1

    Please Justine Greening demanded the former City businessman resign … in a bid to “maintain the confidence” of the profession in Ofsted.’
    Too late. Way too late.

  2. WBUK2014

    SchoolsImprove it’s been in crisis for years, hobbled by the very network it’s supposed to inspect needs to be scrapped let parents inspect

  3. Alan OSullivan

    It is worth anybody employed in the teaching profession as well as Justine Greening to refer to the recent criticisms of Colin Richards, former head of primary inspections. He states that school inspection is now “totally and absolutely impossible” because inspectors are instructed, by the handbook,that governs their work, to make at least 102 different judgments on a school’s quality in just two days of an inspection. 

    Shortcuts are being made that affect quality of inspection and true school performance with such strategies as Primary PE & Sports Premium all too often overlooked.

    Do I trust Ofsted? NO!

  4. Four years ago I asked if it was time to call time on Ofsted.  One of my grievances has been addressed – Ofsted inspections have been brought back in house – but others haven’t.  These included serious concerns by an Ofsted inspector about its ‘frightening new regime’ and constant criticism by Ofsted which demoralises schools.
    Since then, Ofsted seems to be in a war with Regional School Commissioners about who can be the ‘toughest’.  This has resulted in Ofsted condemning all schools in areas which ‘underperform’.  This is despite the areas often having a majority of Good or better schools eg Leicester.

  5. Ofsted should be closed and replaced by local inspectorates that can oversee all of the schools in their area – whether local authority schools,  academies, or independents.

    Why goodbye to Ofsted?  For too long it has intimidated teachers as, many years ago, teachers intimidated children.  Intimidation may be appropriate for the military facing an enemy but elsewhere it is counterproductive and has long been recognised as such by teachers.  Constant changes in Ofsted’s inspection regime haven’t allayed teachers’ concerns.

    Why local inspectors?  Because they should be familiar with the societal advantages and problems of the catchment areas and can advise and support as well as inspect.

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