Let teachers teach, not pore over Ofsted folders

Inspections are a charade. Heads should strive for excellence, not ratings

Lucy Kellaway, Comment

Sunday December 18 2022, 12.01am, The Sunday Times

This year Ofsted inspectors marched into 500 of the best schools in the country, each of which had previously been declared “outstanding” and given a holiday of up to 15 years from further visits. More than 80 per cent were stripped of their top grade, and a few went straight to the bottom of the class, rated “requires improvement”.

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