Ofsted should be abolished, teaching union NASUWT agrees

Teaching union NASUWT has approved a motion calling for the abolition of Ofsted, adding to growing pressure on the schools watchdog.

Teachers described a “deep-seated fear” of Ofsted inspections at the union’s annual conference in Glasgow on Monday.

Last month, the National Education Union also called for an immediate freeze to inspections.

Ofsted has said most school leaders find inspections “constructive and collaborative”.

There has been mounting criticism of Ofsted following the death of head teacher Ruth Perry, who took her own life ahead of a report downgrading her school from “outstanding” to “inadequate”.

Her family has said her death was a “direct result of the pressure” caused by the school inspection.

State schools in England which are inspected by Ofsted are ranked on a four-point scale – “outstanding”, “good”, “requires improvement” and “inadequate”.

The motion passed on Monday acknowledged that the “perceived demands of Ofsted are the major contributor to the excessive workload and bureaucracy that blights the lives of teachers”.

It instructed the NASUWT’s national executive to work with other education unions to call for an immediate inspections freeze, and to launch a campaign to abolish the system in its “current form”, replacing it with a supportive framework.

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