Commenting on plans to accelerate Ofsted inspections for schools and further education, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:  

"Inadequate inspections, whether accelerated or not, will not give parents confidence about school and college quality. Acceleration will require the recruitment of additional inspectors - adding to the considerable concern already expressed by school leaders about the quality of the current inspectorate. 

"Government ministers are showing, yet again, that they have no understanding of the exhaustion and stress felt by teachers and leaders. Inspection adds hugely to the stress they face coping with high rates of Covid infection in schools and college and with an inspectorate which has failed to understand, or appreciate, that Covid is still causing huge problems in our education system."