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Ofsted 'should focus less on tests'

07/01/2010 Kelly
Ofsted should focus less on test results and look more to the quality of teaching when inspecting schools, a government body has argued.

The children, schools and families committee said in its School Accountability report that the Ofsted remit should mainly focus on the quality of teaching and learning that is observed in the classroom, rather than separate exam results.

Aside from the comments on Ofsted, the committee stated that the government ought to take a step back from school control to allow such education institutions to take more ownership of their own futures.

Chair of the committee Barry Sheerman said: "We now have an accountability framework which is far too complex and which stigmatises and undermines struggling schools. What schools need now is a period of stability and a change for their own efforts to improve performance to bear fruit."

An Ofsted spokesperson said following the report that a new framework for inspections, introduced in September 2009, allows the opportunity for inspectors to spend more time observing learning in the classroom.

Written by Theo Foulds
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