ASCL comment on pause to Ofsted inspections

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the announcement that Ofsted inspections will be delayed in order to accommodate mental health awareness training for inspectors.
“We welcome this decision and Sir Martyn’s commitment to listening to the profession’s concerns about the current inspection system. We look forward to speaking later this week with the new Chief Inspector in more detail about his plans to respond to the coroner’s report.
“Today’s announcement should pave the way for Ofsted to fully address each area of concern raised by the coroner, but it must also set Ofsted on a path of wider reform in the long term - including the removal of single-phrase judgements