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News - 16 September 2014

Headteachers attack no-notice Ofsted inspections.

Ofsted have announced that there will be 40 no-warning inspections this month.
 

Such unannounced inspections treated staff like "naughty children", says Brian Lightman, head of the Association of School and College Leaders.
 

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“These tests can be seen as a direct consequence of the Trojan Horse inquiries in Birmingham schools, and that some schools were able to conceal unacceptable behaviour when they knew Ofsted inspectors were about to call.”
Mr Lightman said: "Moving to no notice for routine inspections is unnecessary and would be counter-productive. It stifles creativity and treats professionals like naughty children."
 

The National Union of Teachers says it opposes adopting a system of routine no-notice school inspections, the union's general secretary Christine Blower said: "For accountability to be meaningful there needs to be proper professional and respectful dialogue."
 

Tonmoy continues:
“Ofsted is investigating claims that a number of schools in academy trusts in Norfolk were given advance warning of inspections. They also revealed that inspectors have returned for monitoring checks on five of the Birmingham schools placed into special measures after the Trojan Horse investigations.”
 

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 

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