Voice comments on NAO’s Ofsted report

Voice's reaction to the National Audit Office’s report Ofsted’s inspection of schools.

Voice: the union for education professionals has given its reaction to the National Audit Office’s report Ofsted’s inspection of schools.

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“We welcome the NAO’s report and the finding that inspections are helping schools to improve.

“Voice, in response to members’ concerns, has been calling for Ofsted inspections to be more consistent, and to be supportive and positive, rather than punitive and negative. It should be about enabling, not penalising, education professionals.

“However, the report’s finding that ‘Ofsted does not know whether its school inspections are having the intended impact: to raise the standards of education and improve the quality of children’s and young people’s lives’ calls into question the very purpose, direction and even future existence of Ofsted.

“When our schools are desperate for increased funding to keep going, let alone improve, it is a shocking that ‘Ofsted cannot demonstrate that its inspection of schools represents value for money’.

“It seems that the very organisation that passes judgement on schools, and is the cause of so much stress and excessive workload for school staff, would have to find itself at least ‘requiring improvement’, if not ‘inadequate’, in an inspection. 

“We look forward to responses to the report from Ofsted and the Secretary of State.”

Further information

NAO: Ofsted’s inspection of schools (pdf)

NAO's news release / summary

Statement from Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts (pdf)

Voice's Official Response to NAO's consultation (Januay 2018)


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