Voice: The Union for Education Professionals has given a cautious welcome to Ofsted’s offer of a non-judgemental approach, with tailored support, for 'stuck' schools.
General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:
“We will study the evaluation report in detail, but Voice, in response to members’ concerns, has long called for Ofsted to be more supportive and positive, rather than punitive and negative, in its approach. We believe Ofsted should be about enabling, not penalising, education professionals.
“Inspectors’ hands may be tied to a certain extent by the Inspection Framework, if schools are ‘inadequate’, but this new approach, along with the overall tone of comments made by Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, is welcome.
“However, it remains to be seen how this will translate into the approach taken by inspection teams. Our members have voiced concerns about consistency of Ofsted inspections in the past.
“We hope that this signals a more supportive approach for all schools.
“As the Chief Inspector acknowledges, these so-called ‘stuck’ schools are facing a range of societal problems. Wider support from government, as well as Ofsted, is needed to address these problems – including the burden of the Government’s performance and accountability regime – and to enable improved staff recruitment and retention.”
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