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’

The new president of a major school leaders’ union has called for an “overhaul” of the current “high-stakes” school inspection system, which he believes has “ruined careers”.

Speaking to Tes shortly after taking up his new role at the NAHT union, former primary headteacher Tim Bowen also warned that Ofsted is not “fit for purpose”, arguing that the watchdog has been unsuccessful in “desperately” seeking a role during the pandemic.

Asked about the best and worst aspects of the existing schools’ system, Mr Bowen, who was previously headteacher of Maple Primary School in St Albans for two decades, said a culture of “high-stakes” accountability has had a “huge” impact on staff wellbeing.

Read more on TES.

Watch NAHT president Tim Bowen answer Tes‘ 10 questions, including his opinions on the best and worst aspects of the current schools’ system, here:

Source: TES

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