ASCL comment on Ofsted visits in autumn term

06/07/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s plan to visit schools and colleges in the autumn term
 
Commenting on Ofsted’s plan to visit schools and colleges in the autumn term, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“We can see the good intention behind Ofsted’s plan to work collaboratively with schools and colleges on the vital task of reintegrating children back into the classroom.

“But many leaders will need a lot of convincing that these visits will bring real value or otherwise they will simply be a distraction. As such, the rationale, consistency and tone set by inspectors is going to be more important than ever. These visits must not turn into inspection by another name, at a time when schools and colleges will have so much to deal with.
 
“We are not convinced that talking about a longer term plan to bring back full inspections in January is wise at this stage. It is likely that schools and colleges will be periodically dealing with coronavirus outbreaks, continuing to manage extensive safety measures, and supporting children whose learning has been disrupted, including many who will be taking GCSEs and A levels next summer.
 
“To add routine Ofsted inspections into this turbulent mix seems like the wrong priority, and we welcome the commitment to keeping the date under review.”