Do inspection reports ever get withdrawn because they are flawed?

20th April 2007 at 01:00
Q Do inspection reports ever get withdrawn because they are flawed? If they do, why do we never hear about it? Ofsted thinks it is good practice to name and shame failing schools, so why not name poor inspection teams?

A This does happen, but only very rarely. I have only come across two examples in 14 years of inspection. It will only really happen when, in investigating a complaint, Ofsted determines that a report is seriously misleading. In my view, an inspector whose report is withdrawn after publication because it is seriously misleading should expect action to be taken. If the inspector is an HMI, this would be a matter for Ofsted; if an additional inspector, it would be a matter for the regional inspection service provider. Because these cases are so rare, they do become newsworthy. The last case that I came across, involving a school in Norfolk, was widely reported in the national press, and names were named

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