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Let heads from deprived areas become inspectors.

Let heads from deprived areas become inspectors.

Ofsted should loosen its rules to allow more headteachers working in deprived schools to become inspectors, according to the leader of the biggest corporate-sponsored academy chain in England.

Frank Norris, who leads Co-op Academies Trust based in Manchester and has held senior roles at Ofsted, said inspectors cannot effectively judge schools in disadvantaged areas unless they have led one themselves.

Currently, Ofsted requires all its school inspectors to be working in a setting that has been graded as  "good" or better at its most recent inspection. 

In an interview with Tes, Mr Norris said this rule excluded headteachers he knew whose experience of working in deprived communities would make them well-suited to be inspectors.

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