The LGA has joined council chiefs in urging Ofsted to scrap its plans to inspect councils’ school improvement services.
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struggling schools improve, but we believe this inappropriate inspection framework is not the way forward and should be withdrawn”.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.