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Ofsted could do better, say MPs

The Office for Standards in Education is underperforming and must try harder, a survey of MPs suggests.

Only a quarter of MPs believe the inspectorate is effective, putting Ofsted mid-table in a league of government-funded bodies. The watchdog was more popular with Conservative than Labour MPs.

It came well behind the top-ranked Audit Commission, the local government watchdog, which was rated positively by more than half of MPs, but above the Equal Opportunities Commission, the survey of 125 MPs by nfpSynergy, a think tank, found.

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