Six key ideas for reforming inspection

A six-step plan has been put forward as a way of reforming Ofsted and ending its "adversarial inspection regime".

The proposals include the end of Ofsted's school improvement role, a move to a system of peer review, and an end to multiple school gradings.

Russell Hobby, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), has outlined the proposals in an article published this week.

He writes: "The fundamental problem with Ofsted is overreach, both in terms of scale and in terms of intrusion. This affects quality, because it is doing too much to do it well, and behaviour, because people in school over-interpret every announcement."

Mr Hobby argues that Ofsted dominates educational thinking to an "unhealthy degree" and its role needs to be made much more proportionate.

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