16th January 2019

Children’s Commissioner responds to Ofsted’s school inspections consultation launch

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, responding to Ofsted’s consultation on school inspections, said:

“Our ambition should be for every child to have the best possible opportunities to learn and thrive in school. Ofsted’s inspection proposals are welcome because they discourage a ‘one size fits all’ system that often puts too much emphasis on tests and too little on personal development.

“I remain extremely concerned about the number of schools gaming the system and fiddling exam league tables through ‘off-rolling’, and I hope that Ofsted will grasp this opportunity to come down hard on schools who are letting down some of the most vulnerable children.”

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