News: Private Schools Could face OfSTED Inspections

The Education Secretary in England has indicated that Private Schools could be inspected for performance by OfSTED, reports the BBC.

Currently private schools are inspected by various bodies. The biggest is the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). Replying to a question, Mr Gove said, “I think it would send a very powerful signal if we were to say that Sir Michael and his team of inspectors would inspect all schools.”

However, headteacher of the fee-paying Brighton College, Richard Carins, argued against the plan, “on the grounds that they would worry that they’re being inspected by people coming from very different educational worlds”.

“The ISI focus hugely on the world beyond the classroom and Ofsted does that to a lesser extent and I suspect there would be some negative reaction to that.

“My own view is that if Ofsted inspections become lighter, then in reality, you would see very little difference between the two.”



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