Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

LGA joins call to scrap new Ofsted checks

  • Comment

The LGA has joined council chiefs in urging Ofsted to scrap its plans to inspect councils’ school improvement services.

David Simmonds

The sector body has asked the watchdog to call off the plans in its response to a consultation on the issue. Under Ofsted’s proposals, inspectors would assess the services councils provided to help schools improve in cases where schools performed poorly.

LGA children’s board chair David Simmonds (Con), left, said: “Ofsted rightly acknowledges the role that councils can play in helping struggling schools improve, but we believe this inappropriate inspection framework is not the way forward and should be withdrawn”.

Cllr Simmonds said the LGA was disappointed not to have been involved with Ofsted’s plans for the new inspections but hoped to be consulted on an alternative.

LGC reported last week that Solace was also set to call for the abolition of the plans, arguing they were unnecessary.

Solace has said that instead of “inspecting a ghost” under the current plans, Ofsted should work with councils to produce “thematic surveys”. It could also co-design a diagnostic tool with local authorities, which would allow them to assess their effectiveness and options for improvement, the group has said.

The consultation closes on Tuesday. A statement on Ofsted’s website said it intended to begin the inspections on 1 May 2013.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.