Former catch-up tsar questions Ofsted inspection timing

Sir Kevan Collins raises concerns about impact of Ofsted inspections as government seeks to accelerate school watchdog visits

The former Covid recovery tsar who resigned this year over the government’s “half-hearted” education catch-up plans has questioned if now is the “right time” for Ofsted inspections that “frighten” heads to be taking place.

Sir Kevan Collins’ comments come after the government revealed this week that it has handed over £23 million to Ofsted to speed up inspections to assess schools’ Covid recovery progress.

He said: “I am not sure this is the right time to do the kind of inspection we are doing. I do think inspection has a place within our system but there is something wrong in that people are frightened of it, there is something incorrect in that.”

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