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Ofsted is a loyal watchdog trying to give parents security

Next week, Amanda Spielman will appear at the Hay Festival in conversation with Tes editor Ann Mroz. Here, Ofsted’s chief inspector reflects on one issue that is expected to come up in the discussion: what parents expect from the inspectorate

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I have been a regular attendee at the Hay Festival with my family over the years. This year will be my first time at Hay as an “artist” (the organisers’ classification, definitely not mine) and I’ve been reflecting on what might be of interest for such an audience of deeply inquiring minds, including many parents. How can we make sure Ofsted works for them?

We know that Ofsted matters to parents. Our inspection report pages are viewed more than 30 million times a year, and while not all of these viewers are parents, we can be confident that a significant proportion are. In addition, our online ...

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