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Inspecting the inspectors: students assess Ofsted regime’s toll on wellbeing

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What do young people think about Ofsted? Astonishingly, perhaps, 30 years after the school inspection service was established, that question is rarely asked. But a group of sixth-formers in east London have been inspe...

Investigation finds school failed vulnerable children and misled Ofsted

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An independent investigation into allegations of misconduct at a top London state school – including safeguarding breaches, discrimination, bullying and favouritism – has found that “on the balance of probabilities” e...

Ofsted criticises archdiocese over ban on gay author’s visit to Catholic school

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Attempts to oust a school’s governors who supported a visit by a gay author left staff and pupils “feeling angry, confused and frustrated,” Ofsted has said. Ofsted said its snap inspection of John Fisher school in Pu...

Ofsted, take note – learning is about more than recall

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Ofsted’s obsession with memory as the key to children’s learning and as a measure of the effectiveness of a school’s curriculum is misplaced (“Ofsted’s ‘pop’ quiz tests are unfair to schools, say heads”, News). Learni...

‘Pop quiz’ Ofsted tests are downgrading schools unfairly, say heads

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Schools are being downgraded by Ofsted if children questioned by inspectors cannot recall the names of rivers in geography or struggle to explain key concepts in history, according to headteachers. Under a new inspect...

Covid made parents ‘more relaxed’ about unauthorised holidays – Ofsted

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The Covid pandemic has made families “more relaxed” about their children staying home or going on unauthorised holidays, fracturing the social contract between parents and schools in England, according to the head of ...

Ofsted downgrades American School in London over focus on social justice

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One of London’s leading independent day schools has been downgraded by Ofsted after inspectors criticised some of its teaching for focusing more on social justice than subject knowledge, and a culture where “alternati...

Ofsted inspectors could ease the school staffing crisis

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In its response to the staffing crisis in schools (Combine classes in case of Covid staff shortages, DfE tells teachers in England, 2 January), there’s one resource that the government has yet to tap into – the inspec...

Persistent Covid-related absence leaves pupils lagging – Ofsted

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Persistent absence from school caused by Covid and mental illness is hampering efforts by pupils to catch up on lost learning, according to a report by Ofsted. The schools inspectorate said its visits to 98 primary an...

‘I can’t go through it again’: heads quit over ‘brutal’ Ofsted inspections

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After more than two decades at inner-city secondary schools, Helen Roberts*, a headteacher, resigned from the job she loves earlier this month. It was not the intense pressure of the pandemic that tipped her over the ...

Ofsted investigates rise in primary-age children in alternative provision

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The schools inspectorate Ofsted has launched an urgent inquiry into a sharp rise in the number of primary-age children – some as young as five – being excluded from school and placed in institutions that can be unregu...

Ofsted chief warns against victim blaming in ‘modesty’ shorts row

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The chief inspector of schools in England has intervened in a row over girls being told to wear “modesty” shorts under their skirts at primary school, warning against a culture of “victim blaming”. Amanda Spielman was...

Former Ofsted chief drafted in to help Pimlico academy head

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The former chief of Ofsted has been drafted in to advise the headteacher at Pimlico academy, the London secondary school at the centre of protests over allegations of race discrimination. Sir Michael Wilshaw, the form...

Ofsted inspectors to visit schools facing sexual abuse claims

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Ofsted inspectors are to carry out checks on schools that have been the subject of recent complaints about sexual harassment and assault. The education watchdog said inspection teams would visit a sample of institutio...

Staff in care home failed to prevent children being sexually exploited, Ofsted finds

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Children in a private care home were found to have been sexually exploited by men and felt unsafe, but nothing was done by staff to help them, a report by Ofsted has found. Two children living at the Warrington home w...

Ofsted chief asked for greater powers to monitor private schools

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The chief inspector of schools in England asked for greater powers to monitor independent schools over “potential safeguarding issues”, but was ignored by ministers, the Guardian can reveal. Despite concerns raised b...