'Relentless & crushing' – MPs demand action to tackle 'unacceptable burden' of Ofsted inspection

The preparation required for Ofsted inspection can feel “crushing” and “relentless” for school staff, a cross-party inquiry has warned.
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It has raised concerns about the “stress and anxiety” experienced by school staff “due to the high-stakes nature of Ofsted’s inspections” and wants to see action from the inspectorate.

Ofsted should also develop an alternative to “reductive and simplistic” single-word inspection judgements “as a priority”. The new system must “better capture the complex nature of a school's performance”, the inquiry says.

The long-running inquiry has been carried out by MPs on Parliament’s Education Select Committee.

The report, which was published on Monday (January 26), contains a range of recommendations and comes at a time when Ofsted is under huge pressure to reform following the suicide of headteacher Ruth Perry.

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