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News - 10 October 2014

Heads call for changes at Ofsted

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) says school inspections should be changed to make them fairer and more accountable, and not adopt such an "adversarial approach".

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“The NAHT's plea comes as Ofsted launches a consultation on the future of school and college inspections. The chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, will give details of the consultation process, which will allow members of the public will be invited to respond.”

NAHT general secretary Russell Hobby said: "Ofsted's legitimacy hangs in the balance.” Currently schools were "investigated, not inspected" and that school leaders were expected to prove there was "no wrongdoing, not to showcase excellence".

Mr Hobby said the NAHT would like to see a system of peer review, where school leaders led rigorous and accredited reviews of other schools. Ofsted should be limited to intervening in cases of failure and to moderating these peer judgements, he said.

The NAHT is urging all political parties to make a general election pledge to reform the watchdog.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said the government was looking to ambitious and "buccaneering" heads to lead school improvement.

"It very much chimes with my own conviction that the future of education in this country depends on these energetic, dynamic, entrepreneurial, and perhaps slightly maverick leaders who thrive on competition and aren't afraid to ruffle feathers," he said.

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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