Helene Mulholland

‘It’s not a myth – Ofsted adds to teacher workload’

Inspectorate’s role must change to reduce pressure on schools, say unions

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Talk to teachers and school leaders about what creates the most extra work and Ofsted and wider accountability issues are never far away.

Ian Hartwright, senior policy adviser at the NAHT heads’ union, says accountability is cited by members as a key driver of unnecessary workload, which, in turn, impacts on recruitment and retention.

“That’s to do with the fear associated with inspections, the use of very narrow data against which schools are judged on, and the overlap in accountability between regional schools commissioners, local authorities, multi-academy trusts and Ofsted itself,” he ...

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