Pause Ofsted inspections until February 2022 half term. Time to rethink the toxic education inspection and accountability system.

The resumption of routine inspection has distracted many schools and colleges from their ongoing efforts to meet the needs of children and young people.

Ofsted is putting education professionals under additional pressure to prepare for inspection, diverting time from supporting pupils’ learning and placing an unnecessary burden on staff and leaders who are already overstretched.

The NEU and NASUWT have written to Nadeem Zahawi, the Secretary of State for Education, calling for a pause on Ofsted inspections until after the February half term. This will allow schools and colleges the time they need to deal with the anticipated fallout of the Omicron variant over the winter period and prepare their pupils for the spring and summer terms. We have also asked our Leadership members who are acting Ofsted inspectors to make themselves unavailable for inspection visits in the new year until after half term.

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