Release date: 04/09/2020

The leaders of the National Governance Association (NGA), the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the NAHT have written to Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Ofsted to express collective disappointment at the inspectorate's proposed autumn term visits to schools.

Emma Knights, chief executive of the National Governance Association said: "Governing boards are already providing critical support and challenge to executive leaders on all of the return to school issues including curriculum, catch-up funding and safeguarding. After an enormously busy six months for executive leaders and school staff, we strongly object to Ofsted’s approach which puts unnecessary added pressure on schools. It is extremely disappointing that Ofsted chose not to take up our suggestion of treating these visits as purely research visits which might have provided intelligence to the sector without the need for a letter at all. Ofsted has the opportunity to review its approach and draw on the constructive discussions we have had to come to a solution which provides a valuable national picture on educational recovery rather than what is in danger of morphing into inspection by another name.”

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