Schools and Ofsted seeking rule change
In this week’s paper we reveal how a number of the region’s schools have not been inspected by Ofsted in more than a decade.
It should be noted that the reason for this is that all those that fall into this category were deemed ‘outstanding’ by inspectors on their last visit and the law has prevented them from returning since 2012.
In fairness to them, the head teachers we spoke to this week were very open in saying they would welcome their return.
Likewise Ofsted themselves have also publicly vented frustration at the exemption imposed on ‘outstanding’ schools and has recently ramped up the pressure on the government to change the law.
The Department for Education insists the policy does not mean they are exempt from accountability, and when serious concerns are raised, Ofsted does indeed have the power to re-inspect such schools.
But many would argue that it should not have to get to a drastic, crisis-like stage where Ofsted simply have to intervene, for another inspection to take place.
Choosing the right schools for our children is a huge decision for parents to make: they need to know the quality of education is strong and the environment is fair, safe and supportive.
After all, school is not just where we go to learn Maths and English, it’s where we go to grow and develop into adults, often meeting friends that last a lifetime along the way.
Surely it’s only fair that parents are given an up-to-date assessment when making this decision, rather than having to sift through outdated feedback that may even be older than the children they’re looking to send there.