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Labour says Ofsted "unfit for purpose".

Labour says Ofsted "unfit for purpose".

Labour says it would scrap England's education watchdog Ofsted, accusing it of being "unfit for purpose".

It would mean the end of grades for schools such as outstanding, good or inadequate.

It will also be seen as a symbolic shift towards the position of teachers' unions who have opposed Ofsted inspections.

Former Ofsted chief, Sir Michael Wilshaw, described the plan as "bonkers".

The promise to abolish Ofsted, announced as Labour holds its annual conference, is a major shift in policy.

Unfair system

Labour says it is taking action to tackle a flawed inspection system which works against schools in deprived areas.

"In too many cases, Ofsted's judgements and grades reflect the affluence of a school's intake and the social class of its pupils - not the performance of the school," said shadow education secretary Angela Rayner.

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