Calls for end to Ofsted's 'outstanding' label

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Calls for end to Ofsted's 'outstanding' label

Post by JIM CURRAN » Sat May 02, 2015 9:50 pm

Leader of headteachers' organisation calls for end to Ofsted's 'outstanding' label

Maverick headteachers are being prevented from doing the best for their pupils by the current school inspection regime, the leader of Britain's biggest headteachers' organisation will declare this weekend.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, will tell his annual conference on 3 May that inspections by education standards watchdog Ofsted must undergo a "radical reform".

In particular, he wants to see the "outstanding" grade attached to inspections abolished and replaced by a simpler pass/fail system.

Mr Hobby will say that - far from delegating power to schools - the Coalition Government had handed it to the chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw.

"Schools must now spend too long guessing what the inspector wants instead of thinking what the pupils need," he will add. "I have come to think that one of the most pernicious aspects of our inspection regime is the 'outstanding' grade. We have handed the definition of excellence to our regulator rather than owning it as a profession." ... 18910.html

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