ASCL comment on Labour plans to abolish Ofsted

23/09/2019
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Labour’s plans to abolish Ofsted if elected.
 
Commenting on Labour’s plans to abolish Ofsted if elected, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

We welcome Labour’s recognition that inspections are in need of further reform, but its plan to replace Ofsted with a two-phase system led by local authorities is a complicated answer

It seems that local authorities would be responsible for first-phase ‘health checks’ and then an inspectorate, presumably not called Ofsted, would be responsible for more in-depth inspections if needed

Both tiers would require appropriate staffing, training and investment, as well as clarity about their respective roles and the trigger points for in-depth inspections.

We all want an inspection system which works as well as possible, but the key to this is to look at how we judge performance fairly and consistently.

This does not necessarily mean that we need to create new tiers of bureaucracy.”