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Responding to the National Audit Office report into Ofsted, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers Union said:
“The NASUWT has always been clear that Inspection has a critical role to play in a broad based and genuinely valid system of school accountability.
“It is entirely right that schools should be inspected but they should always be inspected on the right things in the right ways.
“To ensure that this fundamental test is met, it is critical that the inspectorate is given the resources and staff it needs to fulfil its functions effectively. However, the Government’s policy in this area over the past decade has been entirely wrong, based on slashing Ofsted’s budget without any reference whatsoever to the wide range of important responsibilities that Ministers continue to give it.
“This flawed approach must end. The development of a revised inspection framework, due to be introduced in the autumn of 2019, provides an opportunity for reflection on the fundamental objectives of inspection and the ways in which inspection should be organised towards these ends.
“However, for the process of revision to be meaningful, Government must also give a commitment that it will make sufficient resources available to Ofsted so that its activities in future can be guided by the principles of effective inspection rather than by the limits of an inadequate budget.”


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