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New Ofsted Visits Given Cautious Welcome

Magazine article Public Finance

New Ofsted Visits Given Cautious Welcome

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Shorter, sharper Ofsted inspections have been broadly welcomed by schools but concerns remain that the process is still overly bureaucratic and time consuming.

A team from the independent National Foundation for Educational Research made a detailed evaluation of the new inspection regime, introduced in September 2005.

Their findings, published on May 4, showed that more than half (52%) of schools surveyed declared themselves Very satisfied' with the inspection, and more than a third (36%) said they were 'quite satisfied'. But 10% of schools said they were 'not at all satisfied' with the new process.

Most schools said the inspection helped confirm their own judgements about their strengths and weaknesses and clarified areas for improvement.

Miriam Rose, Ofsted's director of education, said: 'There are many factors that contribute to school improvement, not least the commitment and hard work of school staff but [the] report from the National Foundation for Educational Research provides independent confirmation that has a positive impact'

But the researchers also found concerns, shared by just over half of the survey's respondents, about the length of time taken to complete the self-evaluation form, a key component of the new inspection process. …

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