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 tough questioning from school leaders today as she defended Ofsted’s return to routine inspections during the Covid pandemic.

The chief inspector fielded a series of questions about the impact of the coronavirus and the challenges facing schools from the audience at the Schools and Academies Show in Birmingham.

Delegates loudly applauded Matthew Chancellor, deputy head at St Bede’s Inter-Church School in Cambridgeshire, after he told Ms Spielman that he “profoundly disagrees” that now is the right time to roll out inspections.

The government resumed Ofsted’s routine programme of graded inspections in September but it has faced accusations that it is not doing enough to take the impact of Covid into account.

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