Martin George & Adi Bloom

Teaching loses its fear of Ofsted the bogeyman

Huge drop in complaints suggests inspectorate is winning over heads and teachers

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It has long been seen as the teaching profession’s “bogeyman”, but new data obtained by TES suggests that Ofsted may be turning a corner in its relationship with heads and teachers.

The number of official complaints made about school inspections has fallen dramatically over the past three years – a period in which Ofsted purged hundreds of inspectors, overhauled its inspection framework and introduced short inspections for “good” schools.

Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said that the decrease in the number of complaints “ties ...

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