‘Ofsted’s inconsistency is failing teachers’

According to TES, Ofsted has shown inconsistency on off-rolling and sent mixed messages about three-year GCSEs. But teachers deserve to know where they stand, says William Stewart.

Ministers are due to start banging heads together this week to try to end an unprecedented row between Ofsted and some of the country’s most high-profile academy chains over three-year GCSE courses.

Under chief inspector Amanda Spielman, Ofsted has become an ambitious, outspoken and morally righteous organisation – quick to go into battle on everything from off-rolling to relationships lessons, illegal schools and league table gaming at the expense of a good curriculum.

School leaders’ and teachers’ jobs, and sometimes their whole careers, can be ended because of Ofsted’s inspection grades. So the watchdog owes it to them to be consistent, fair and transparent when deciding these ratings.

Read full article here ‘Ofsted’s inconsistency is failing teachers’

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