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OFSTED REPORT BRINGS 'WEEK OF HELL'

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The Local Government Association has written to education secretary David Blunkett and chief inspector of schools C...
The Local Government Association has written to education secretary David Blunkett and chief inspector of schools Chris Woodhead suggesting an agreed timetable for the publication of Ofsted reports.

The request comes after Manchester City Council found itself fielding press enquiries a week before the director of education received his copy of its Ofsted report.

The council's first warning that the report was about to be published came from a press call. Director of education Roy Jobson said he had to resort to getting a copy from a journalist.

'Naming and shaming is all great fun but it only has a point if it leads to improvements,' said LGA head of education David Whitbread. Publishing the report a week early 'doesn't give Manchester an extra week to put things right, but an extra week of hell fielding press calls'.

The LGA is suggesting an agreed timetable for publication with a public presentation of the report by inspectors to either local education authority or the education committee.
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