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Tables turned as teachers rate Ofsted inadequate

Fewer than one in ten teachers think Ofsted has raised standards at their school, polling for The Times has found. The

Share your Ofsted stories with Parliament

On Wednesday 8 June, Julian Sturdy MP is leading a Westminster Hall debate entitled “Accountability of Ofsted”. To inform his debate, he wants to

Hereford school hits back after Ofsted leaves inadequate grade

A HEREFORD secondary school has hit back after Ofsted said it was inadequate and inspectors had concerns over safeguarding

Academy schools get lower Ofsted ratings, research suggests

Fewer than half of academy schools improved their Ofsted rating from ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ over four

Good attendance: listen, understand, empathise and support

A new report by Ofsted looks at different aspects of pupil attendance and how schools tackle the current challenges

Ofsted swoops after brawl in school canteen on TikTok

School receives unannounced visit following complaints from parents Ofsted has conducted an emergency inspection of England’s biggest free school

Ofsted: ‘Outstanding’ primaries ‘more likely’ to be downgraded

The majority of ‘outstanding’ primary schools inspected in the autumn 2021 term were downgraded, analysis shows. Primary schools previously

Nearly half of ‘outstanding’ schools downgraded by Ofsted this term

Many of the schools previously judged as outstanding had not been inspected for more than a decade Nearly half

47% of ‘outstanding’ schools inspected this term lose status

Ofsted’s new inspection data shows nearly half of top schools downgraded, but says that schools fared better this term

The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2020/21

Ofsted’s Annual Report presents their findings for the areas they inspect in early years childcare, schools, further education and

Driven to despair by Ofsted inspections

Headteacher Rachel Hornsey deplores the shifting goalposts of school inspections. Plus letters from Dr Chris Pyle, Yvonne Williams and Prof Nick Megoran Ofsted is forcing

‘I can’t go through it again’: heads quit over ‘brutal’ Ofsted inspections

Headteachers say inspectors are ignoring or dismissing the harsh realities of Covid in schools After more than two decades

Ofsted reform is needed now to rebuild trust in inspections

Our letter stops short of calling for Ofsted to be scrapped, writes Colin Richards, but reform is required now

Large online educators face £10k bill for Ofsted accreditation visits

The watchdog has warned the online education sector is currently ‘completely unregulated’ Ofsted will charge large online education providers

‘We have a spot-check system. That puts a lot of pressure on schools’

The Positive Ofsted Reform campaign was advertised on GB NEWS by Chris Brown, Professor in Education at Durham University.

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

Spielman grilled by heads over Ofsted’s return

Chief inspector Amanda Spielman defends Ofsted inspections during pandemic amid criticism at Schools and Academies Show Amanda Spielman faced

Ofsted: Inspections ‘fair’ despite Covid ‘pressure’

Exclusive: Ofsted insists the best way for it to support the sector is to carry on with routine inspections

Headteachers resist Ofsted plan to reinspect ‘outstanding’ schools

Hundreds of schools across England have not been examined by the inspectorate for more than a decade. Headteachers are

Half of Ofsted’s ‘outstanding’ schools face downgrade in new inspection regime

The most highly rated secondaries are having their first Ofsted check for a decade. Many will not escape unscathed.

Call to halt Ofsted inspections for heads’ wellbeing

Pressure of ‘toxic’ graded inspections during the pandemic is driving school leaders from profession, the education secretary has been

Teachers condemn Ofsted ‘reign of terror’

Ofsted has been accused of conducting a “reign of terror” in schools and wanting teachers to act like robots.

Ofsted tells MFL teachers: don’t expose pupils to “unfamiliar” language as it is likely to demotivate them

Education Uncovered writes about how Ofsted has set out a vision for major changes to the way modern languages

Zahawi wants Ofsted to help raise school attendance

Education secretary asks DfE to do a ‘deep dive into absenteeism’ as new figures show more than one in

From ‘world’s finest’ to ‘inadequate’: Teacher trainers fail new Ofsted test

Concerns watchdog out to ‘discredit’ sector as 8 providers rated less than ‘good’. Unveiling plans to create an international

Five things Ofsted has told its inspectors this term

Five things Ofsted has told its inspectors this term Watchdog updates inspectors how to work with teachers and how

Research commentary: teaching about sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment

Chris Jones, Ofsted’s Director, Corporate Strategy, discusses research on teaching about the protected characteristics of sex, sexual orientation and

Schools politicising lessons on gender, says Ofsted

Watchdog concerned over the way issues of sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment are taught in schools Schools are

Exclusive: Reform Ofsted post Covid ‘battle’, say heads

A commission involving heads should be set up to review accountability structures in wake of pandemic, say school leaders

New provider hits out at validity of Ofsted inspection done ‘on limited contact time’

A new apprenticeship provider has expressed its “frustrations” with the validity of an Ofsted report that now threatens its

WATCH: High-stakes Ofsted visits ‘have ruined careers’

New NAHT president and former primary head Tim Bowen warns that schools watchdog Ofsted is not ‘fit for purpose’

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector at the Festival of Education, 2021

Amanda Spielman gave a speech at the annual Festival of Education conference. Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be

Ofsted bosses contradictory over limiting inspection grades for poor careers advice

A confused picture has emerged after Ofsted’s chief inspector contradicted her FE director on whether poor careers advice could

Tory MP accuses Ofsted of ‘massive failure’ over sexual abuse in schools

Maria Miller issues strong criticism after publication of findings five years on from landmark report on scale of problem

SPIELMAN REAPPOINTED AS OFSTED’S CHIEF INSPECTOR OF EDUCATION AND CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Ofsted’s chief inspector of education, children’s services and skills Amanda Spielman has had her position confirmed for a further

Concerns over impartiality of school abuse review

Concerns have been raised about the impartiality of an Ofsted review into claims of sex abuse in schools. The

Ofsted cannot be immune from criticism

Ofsted might currently have the government’s full backing, but as a growing number of influential voices line up to