Last year was not a good one for Ofsted. The outcry following headteacher Ruth Perry’s death has forced the inspectorate to make changes. But there is still huge anger out there. What can we expect this academic year, including from the new chief inspector when he takes up his post?
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Discussions about the negative impact of Ofsted inspections are nothing new. Since Ofsted was first introduced, debate has continued about the way in which the regulator impacts on our schools, teachers and pupils.

Much has been written, not least in these pages, about the impact of Ofsted on workload and wellbeing. And earlier this year, in the wake of Ruth Perry’s death, Ofsted was finally forced to act. 

But the changes it proposed are considered by many to be peripheral. Now, with a new HMCI set to take the helm in January, are we about to see a step-change to a more sensitive and proportionate inspection service – or will it be business as usual?

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