Inquiries raised in excess of Ofsteds performance

Your vox pop of senior training figures (The verdict on Ofsted? ‘requires improvement’, Schooling, 28 October) was damning. It is clear that all believe in has been lost Ofsted is regarded as a extremely politicised, untrustworthy, damaging organisation. That is a single explanation why the Green get together is calling for its abolition and substitute with continuous collaborative evaluation and a nationwide council of educational excellence functioning closely with regional authorities.

Of program we want far more alter than that. The state of Ofsted is a reflection of the state of a program that is vastly overfocused on exams, has lost nearby democratic accountability, and has left teachers overworked, disempowered and increasingly demoralised.
Natalie Bennett
Leader, Green party

The views of 16 educationalists on Ofsted and its inspection of schools prospects me to wonder, what is Ofsted for? Is this intimidating entire body with its constantly shifting goalposts the ideal way of paying £70m on improving schooling? My response is that, right after 22 years’ meandering, it should be abolished. In its location is required a revitalised, tiny, effectively-skilled HM inspectorate hunting at national troubles and neighborhood inspectors/advisers providing challenge and help to schools in a locality that they are acquainted with. Yes, returning to the college support program of pre-1988 that was demolished for political causes and not on the basis of study evidence.

If, as I suspect, this would liberate substantial money, they could be spent to wonderful worth on Positive Start off centres, linking them to major schools to give parental help in helping the language improvement of these quite young young children who sadly are expanding up in culturally impoverished households. This would be a significantly a lot more effective method for raising educational standards than Ofsted inspections due to the fact it would concentrate on these all critical first two years of daily life and parent-youngster verbal interaction. With restricted funding for training we need to not waste it on sick-conceived inspections.
Professor Michael Bassey
Newark, Nottinghamshire

I obviously inhabit a parallel universe to that of your editors and contributors. In my Britain, black and minority ethnic youngsters and younger folks are far more most likely to finish up in schools struggling to give them a substantial-quality schooling, their dad and mom are more most likely to be annoyed then engaged and black and minority ethnic teachers are much more probably to have disciplinary proceedings taken towards them. In this globe, it is hard to uncover evidence that Ofsted has led to improvements in the knowledge of these children, their mother and father or this group of teachers, except to note that “outstanding” schools have quite speedily been shown to be failing as a result of a “Trojan horse”.

I search forward to your next overview of Ofsted and how it has contributed to progressing equality for all.
Jabeer Butt
Deputy chief executive, Race Equality Foundation

I hope the consultation Ofsted is engaged in will involve a wide spectrum of opinion – far wider than the Guardian’s so-referred to as “public inquiry” which, with 1 or two exceptions, characteristics the usual suspects. I am stunned at the political and educational naivety of a lot of of their responses. Ofsted is not going to go away – there is no political will for that no political capital to be gained from it. In the recent climate, dad and mom and neighborhood communities are not going to be satisfied with peer evaluation by schools, even if moderated by a distant Ofsted. There can be no return to a golden age of stress-cost-free inspection and evaluation.

Surely Ofsted demands improvement – as it itself has belatedly acknowledged. Its culture is shifting for the better (in my judgment) and the way to operate in direction of a more responsive, far more proportionate and more humane inspection regime is to help that shift, though not in an unquestioning way.
Professor Colin Richards
Spark Bridge, Cumbria

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