TES is reporting that Ofsted is finally offering local authority leaders responsible for maintained schools the same preview of a draft new inspection handbook that it had already given academy chains.
But Tes has learned that the approach to the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) was only made yesterday after they revealed criticism of its decision to offer multi-academy trust (MAT) leaders sight of the controversial handbook in advance of its release next week.
Ofsted’s director of corporate strategy, Luke Tryl, then took to Twitter, saying that unions that represented both maintained schools and academies had also seen the draft proposals.
The ADCS said Ofsted contacted it yesterday in order to set up a meeting, which is being arranged.
That would give the ADCS no more than two days to consider the plans before the official consultation launches on Wednesday 16 January.
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