Force for improvement or force of fear and enforcement?

Date: 29.09.17
Voice comments on Ofsted strategy: 2017 to 2022

News release

29 September 2017

"Force for improvement" or force of fear and enforcement?

Voice comments on Ofsted strategy: 2017 to 2022

Commenting on Ofsted strategy: 2017 to 2022, Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“We welcome the statement of Ofsted’s values, such as putting children, young people and learners first; its vision, and its determination to ‘bust’ myths about inspections and its requirements.

“However, the report raises many practical questions about how Ofsted will put all this into practice, including how it will engage with the profession and the unions, and address issues just as the inconsistency of judgments that have dogged its relationships with practitioners from nursery to tertiary.  

“We would welcome a more responsible framework in which Ofsted will be more accountable, and look forward to working with it on that basis.

“Ofsted describes itself as a “force for improvement”, but it has a lot of work to do to overcome its traditional image – whether entirely justified or not – of a force of fear and enforcement of the Government’s accountability regime.  We therefore welcome its commitment to be critical of government where necessary.

“Voice has long called for Ofsted to contribute to schools’ development by being supportive and positive, rather than punitive and negative.

“Its positive challenge is to enable, not to penalise, education professionals.”

Further information

Ofsted: a force for improvement press release

Ofsted strategy: 2017 to 2022 corporate report


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