The end of the road for Ofsted?

No more tinkering – it is time for a systemic change to school inspection. Dr Patrick Roach asks if the new Ofsted chief inspector has the will…
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The tragic death of headteacher Ruth Perry rightly prompted an outpouring of anger from the profession and released a pent up surge of demand for fundamental reform to the inspection system.

The mark of a decent society can be seen in how it treats its dedicated public service professionals – headteachers and teachers.

While inspection is never popular, the watershed moment of the coroner’s judgement – that the inspection process contributed to the death of a valued and respected headteacher – calls into question whether Ofsted as we know it has reached the end of the road.

It also raises the question of whether the wider accountability system and the cultures which underpin it are also in need of complete reform.

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