Ofsted should scrap ‘outstanding’ rating, report suggests

Ofsted should scrap its “outstanding” rating and replace it with a more robust system for identifying specific excellence, a report has recommended. ITV reports.

The school inspections body should also adopt a new role focusing on identifying failure, according to the Improving School Accountability report published by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).

It said the current system limits ambition, incentivises self-interest and diverts attention from teaching and learning.

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What are NAHT’s recommendations for improving accountability?https://www.naht.org.uk/news-and-opinion/news/what-are-nahts-recommendations-for-improving-school-accountability/   

Nick Brook, NAHT’s deputy general secretary and the chairman of the association’s commission on accountability, said: “NAHT’s Accountability Commission is intended to be a constructive contribution, to start a debate that is urgently needed on the future of school accountability.

“It cannot be right that teachers and leaders are put off working in schools in challenging areas because they simply do not believe that the inspection system will treat them fairly for doing so.”

Suggesting the scrapping of the “outstanding” judgment, the report said it does not describe the pinnacle of educational excellence and there are few incentives to look beyond it.

Speaking at the launch of the report on Friday, Chief Inspector of Schools Amanda Spielman said: “It is worrying when any system becomes over reliant on data. We have seen the ways that things can go wrong.”

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