The Financial Times (p8) reports that Ofsted's new inspection system, announced yesterday, will single out schools which ought to be better and label them publicly as 'under-achieving'.
But Mr De Gruchy said: 'There seems to be no end to the number of schools Ofsted is prepared to menace and threaten. It is all desperately sad. Most of these schools would respond to a quiet, professional approach. To suggest that they have to be threatened in this way is unrealistic and demeaning for the vast majority and quite unnecessary. Where does it all end?'
But Mike Tomlinson, Ofsted's director of inspection, said: 'It is possible we might have missed some schools whose performance might be good by national standards, but ought to be better.'