A group of former senior inspectors has called for Ofsted to be reformed, focusing on safeguarding checks instead of full inspections. The group believes that the current system is not adding value and that full reviews are unnecessary for most schools. Instead, they would like to see Ofsted refocused on safeguarding, with schools sharing their performance assessments.
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This call comes from Adrian Lyons, Frank Norris, David Brown, Julie Price-Grimshaw, Mark Williams, and Stan Johnson – all former HMIs (Her Majesty’s Inspectors).
Safeguarding is paramount in any educational setting, and Ofsted must prioritise this area to protect children and young people. However, schools must also be allowed to self-assess and improve their performance.
According to the former inspectors, a reformed Ofsted system would be more efficient and effective and better support schools in their efforts to provide a high-quality education.
In addition, the group has suggested that Ofsted publish an annual report which includes a summary of all safeguarding investigations rather than individual reports for each case. This would provide more transparency and accountability and help ensure that any issues are dealt with swiftly and effectively.
The publication of such a report would also help to reassure parents that their children are safe in school and that any concerns are being taken seriously. Ofsted needs to reform its approach to best support schools and safeguard children.
However, any changes must be carefully considered to avoid negative consequences. For example, if Ofsted inspectors are given too much power, they risk abusing their position and unfairly criticising schools. It is important that any reform is carried out thoughtfully and with the best interests of children at heart.
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