Voice Official Response: Ofsted Consultation: short inspections of good schools

Date: 18.08.17
Voice’s response to Ofsted’s consultation
Source: Voice the union
  

Voice Official Response: Ofsted Consultation: short inspections of good schools

Summary: Voice is supportive of the short inspection process introduced by Ofsted in its 2015 inspection framework.  We agree that short inspections are generally more proportional, based on the assumption that a school is still the good school it was previously. Targets, assessment data and examination results can only ever provide a snapshot of performance; they cannot capture everything that a school is and does for its pupils.  Whilst short inspections tend to be less confrontational, they are not yet the supportive, professional dialogue which Voice would like them to be, and many teachers and support staff continue to be placed under inordinate pressure during the inspection process.The problem which Ofsted is currently experiencing is largely a result of the success of short inspections, and it would be most unfortunate if the positive progress made by Ofsted were to be undermined by an ill-conceived change which arises from something which is the fault of neither the schools nor their staff.  The proposed change represents up to a ten-fold increase to the window of conversion.  This would have a profound and negative impact on the working of a school.  We wholeheartedly object to this, as any conversion to a Section 5 inspection should aim to be done by causing the minimum disruption to a school and its pupils, and should seek to reduce any further impact on the workload of staff to the barest minimum. 
 
 

Contact:

Ian Toone
Director of Policy and Research
Email: iantoone@voicetheunion.org.uk