The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee are conducting an inquiry into Ofsted's inspection of schools, following on from the National Audit Office report on the subject. NGA submitted written evidence to this inquiry in June 2018.

Key points from NGA's evidence:

  • NGA supports an independent inspection regime and is of the view that Ofsted’s inspection of schools has a positive effect overall though there are a number of issues with the inspection system at present
  • NGA is concerned about the level of knowledge about school governance within the inspectorate
  • there remains too much inconsistency in the approaches taken by different inspectors, which undermines the credibility of the system
  • the majority of governors and trustees are satisfied with the overall inspection judgements given to the schools they govern but the concerns of the minority are valid
  • inspection reports serve multiple different audiences, including parents, executive leaders and governing boards

Click here to read the evidence in full

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