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Heads call for end to ‘blunt’ Ofsted ratings in inspections overhaul
ASCL says grades such as ‘requires improvement’ should be replaced by descriptions of strengths and flaws

Sally Weale Education correspondent

20, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Children face multiple safeguarding risks at out-of-school settings in England
Government report prompts calls for better oversight to stop inappropriate practices at youth organisations

Sally Weale Education correspondent

09, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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‘Exhausted, broken, at risk of heart attacks’: UK headteachers quit as cuts push them to the edge
With a strike ballot looming, school leaders say erosion of services for children and families has made their jobs untenable

Anna Fazackerley

31, Dec, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Rishi Sunak’s asylum plans condemned as ‘deeply disturbing’ and against international law – as it happened
Campaigners criticise prime minister’s announcement on plans to curb small boat arrivals

Harry Taylor (now) Andrew Sparrow (earlier)

13, Dec, 2022 @6:48 PM

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Staff crisis hampering children’s pandemic recovery, says Ofsted
Children who have special education needs among those worst affected, says England watchdog’s chief inspector

Sally Weale Education correspondent

13, Dec, 2022 @2:32 PM

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Ofsted’s grade fixation needs to be eradicated | Letter
Letters: Former HM inspector of schools Prof Colin Richards writes that grades can never be regarded as objective measures of schools

23, Nov, 2022 @5:29 PM

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Eurosceptic former MP Owen Paterson takes UK government to European court of human rights – as it happened
Former Tory cabinet minister and arch Eurosceptic claims his rights to privacy infringed by inquiry into lobbying

Andrew Sparrow

22, Nov, 2022 @6:04 PM

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Hundreds of schools in England lose outstanding status after reinspection
Only 17% of 370 top-rated schools kept their ranking after many years of exemption from oversight by education watchdog Ofsted

Harry Taylor

22, Nov, 2022 @12:01 AM

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England’s Covid catch-up tutoring often ‘haphazard and poor’, Ofsted finds
Concern about quality of some tutors as inspectors find ‘strong’ programme in only half of 63 schools visited

Richard Adams Education editor

26, Oct, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Revealed: Ofsted asks staff from private care firms to inspect children’s homes
Recruits in pilot scheme have been taken from chains in charge of facilities deemed unsatisfactory

Tom Wall

23, Oct, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘Painful’ Ofsted report in Herefordshire leads to calls for resignations
General meeting was held to discuss failing children’s services after an inspection slated its social work as ‘inadequate’ in all areas

Louise Tickle

01, Oct, 2022 @11:15 AM

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Inspecting the inspectors: students assess Ofsted regime’s toll on wellbeing
Sixth-formers propose alternatives after showing how visits cause stress for pupils as well as teachers

Fiona Millar

29, Jun, 2022 @6:30 AM

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