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Brutal or a blessing? Reactions to the new EIF

Headteachers have described the new Ofsted inspection regime as ‘brutal’. Unsurprisingly, the chief inspector disagrees. Suzanne O’Connell looks for the truth behind the impact of the EIF so far

The report A change for the better?, published by the National Association of Head Teachers last month, states that the experience of inspection is regularly described as “brutal” (NAHT, 2020).

However, in Ofsted’s own annual report, chief inspector Amanda Spielman writes that “responses to the new framework have been very positive so far” (Ofsted, 2020).

The introduction of any new inspection framework is bound to be controversial. However, the new approach heralded by Ms Spielman has taken some schools by surprise. With a reduced focus on outcomes and a return to the importance of the curriculum, it seems that even some outstanding schools have struggled to find the balance in time.

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