Commenting on the announcement by the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture that schools and colleges in Guernsey and Alderney are to be inspected by Ofsted from September 2019, Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:
“Accountability and inspection are important in public services.
“The accountability framework has a profound effect on all those who learn and work in the education service. It is essential that such frameworks are developed through a process of comprehensive and meaningful consultation with stakeholders.
“The Committee’s decision to appoint Ofsted as the inspectorate of schools and colleges in Guernsey and Alderney, without any discussion is therefore deeply regrettable.
“Such an approach does not bode well. Teachers and school and college leaders will view this imposition as entirely unacceptable.
“The covert way in which the Committee’s decision was taken will undermine professional and public confidence .
“It is essential that the Committee commits to engaging with the NASUWT at the earliest opportunity to establish a genuinely fit-for-purpose accountability framework that will support the work of teachers and leaders in providing high-quality learning experiences for all children and young people.”