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The National Audit Office report on Ofsted's inspection of schools.

The National Audit Office report on Ofsted's inspection of schools.


23 Ofsted has taken action to reduce the burden of inspections on schools but the messages have not reached all teachers.

In our survey of headteachers whose schools had been inspected since September 2015, 54% of respondents agreed that the burdens placed on the school were proportionate in order for Ofsted to form a reliable judgement, while 29% disagreed. Ofsted has sought to lessen demands on schools, including by reducing the notice period for an inspection to half a day and emphasising that inspection requires no special preparation. In January 2016, Ofsted launched a ‘myth-busting’ campaign to dispel common misconceptions about what it expects to see during an inspection that can result in schools doing unnecessary work. The campaign has been welcomed by teaching unions but its messages have not permeated throughout the school system. Ofsted’s 2017 teacher attitude survey found that 69% of teachers had not heard anything about the campaign (paragraphs 3.14 to 3.17).

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