Schools in chaos as headteachers ‘fired like soccer managers’ over inspections

One-word faculty inspection scores that result in the hiring and firing of headteachers like soccer managers must be scrapped, a report has stated.

The Institute For Public Policy Research warned lecturers are being pushed out of the occupation by the stress brought on by high-stakes Ofsted checks. In a report calling for an overhaul of the inspection regime, it stated overly simplistic judgements – excellent, good, requires enchancment or insufficient – typically set off abrupt adjustments to administration, fueling a “football manager culture”.

Despite the possibly dramatic penalties, the assume tank stated research present the single-word assessments are unreliable and closely depending on which inspector turns up on the faculty gates. Instead it stated “narrative-driven” reviews which are particularly tailor-made to folks, guardians and pupils must be produced. It recommended three new scores setting out what adjustments are wanted: “school-led development”, “enhanced support” and “immediate action”.

Loic Menzies, a former instructor who wrote the report, stated “A football-manager culture, driven by one-dimensional judgements dominates our education system. Today’s report charts a path to a future in which high standards are combined with a supportive and empowering infrastructure that helps teachers and schools to be the best they can be.”

Efua Poku-Amanfo, analysis fellow at IPPR, stated: “The status-quo isn’t working. Tactics like league tables and targets have run out of road, we need a new approach to helping schools improve. We propose a new system which empowers schools and teachers to innovate, utilising their experience and expertise.”

Ofsted has been below stress from unions and Labour to abolish one-word Ofsted assessments following the dying of headteacher Ruth Perry. The 53-year-old took her personal life in January after being informed her faculty, Caversham Primary, was being downgraded from Outstanding to Inadequate.

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