Outstanding primary schools fail Ofsted inspections under sudden rule switch

‘I’ve been through 50 inspections and this is the first time I’ve appealed,’ says academy chief stung by changes, The Guardian is reporting.

Under the inspectorate’s new framework, introduced last September, anecdotal evidence of what children say appears to be taking centre stage. The child’s reply about Viking imagery was mentioned three times in feedback to the school as proof of “misconceptions and gaps in the children’s knowledge”, and it went on to inform the final report and decision to grade the school as “requires improvement”.

Although most teachers welcome a “rebalancing” between results and what goes on in the classroom, there is mounting alarm at Ofsted’s power to dictate what schools should teach, and concern over whether its inspectors are qualified to judge a full range of specialist subjects.

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