“The NEU welcomes Ofsted’s focus on the needs of children with the publication of its strategy document. However, Ofsted does not have a monopoly on high expectations for pupils. Teachers, school leaders and TAs work relentlessly to ensure all children can access the best possible education. Ofsted needs to understand that the interests of educational professionals are indistinguishable to those of students. We cannot have high quality education if teachers are being driven into the ground through excessive workload and the unreasonable expectations of an out-of-control accountability system in which Ofsted plays a leading role.

“Until Ofsted can convince the education profession that its inspections are reliable and consistent, leaders, teachers and TAs will continue to regard it as part of the problem, not the solution, to improving educational outcomes for students and educational standards overall.”