Ofsted unfit for purpose, says ex-inspector

A school leader who quit as an Ofsted inspector this week has told the BBC he felt his role could cause “more harm than good”.

Dr Martin Hanbury’s decision comes after head teacher Ruth Perry took her own life ahead of a report downgrading her school to “inadequate”.

Teachers in the National Education Union are also being urged to refuse to do inspections for England’s regulator.

Ofsted said most school leaders found them “constructive and collaborative.”

The Department for Education said Ofsted has a “crucial role to play in upholding education standards and making sure children are safe in school.”

Mr Hanbury, who did not inspect Ms Perry’s school, told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme that regulating schools was important but said the current system was “scrutinising” schools without giving them support.

Read the full story on BBC News

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