-A Policy Exchange report has called for the way in which schools are inspected in England to be ‘fundamentally changed’, highlighting many flaws in the current regime which questions the effectiveness of such inspections.
Many inspectors lack the necessary skills, especially the ability to analyse data, or the experience or specialist knowledge in primary or special needs teaching to make a fair judgement of a fast evolving and increasingly autonomous education system. This leads to schools taking a lowest common denominator approach and making decisions on what Ofsted will understand, not necessarily what is in the best interests of the school.
The report calls that inspectors have recent and relevant teaching experience, and should themselves have to pass an exam which shows their ability to analyse data and make reliable judgements.
Authors advocate that inspectors move away from the standard section 5 inspection which every school undergoes at some point, and replace it with a 2 stage inspection process.
Click here to download the full PDF Report available from Policy Exchange.