A small, red-brick primary school in Reading is an unlikely starting place for a seismic shift. But the death of Caversham Primary School’s head teacher, Ruth Perry, feels like one of those rare moments when something fundamental has altered in public perception.
Ms Perry took her own life in January, weeks after an Ofsted inspection. The Ofsted report, published after her death, downgraded her school’s rating from Outstanding to Inadequate – going from the top to the bottom of the scale.
It’s as though a dam has burst, with her family blaming her death on the pressure of the inspection and head teachers and teachers coming forward to talk about their own experiences of the Ofsted process.