Commenting on Conservative pledges to extend the powers of Ofsted, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Doing more of the same is not a good idea when it comes to Ofsted. 

“No-notice inspections will not improve the quality of Ofsted inspectors, nor the accuracy of their judgements. 

“The promise of more money to Ofsted to lengthen their inspections will heap more stress, pressure and exhaustion on teachers and leaders who already work more unpaid overtime than any other profession. 

“If it is the Conservative’s aim to drain teachers of hope and to force them to leave the profession they love, then this announcement is just the ticket.”

Editor’s Note

This week the NEU has issued new guidance for members, and written to HMCI Amanda Spielman, addressing growing concerns about the new inspection framework.