News that the Labour Party wants to abolish Ofsted should not come as a surprise. It’s a world-class inspectorate that provides parents with a reliable, independent guide to their local schools and a detailed, annual report to Parliament on the quality of England’s education system.
Labour knows that its wholesale reversal of the Conservative education reforms will have a catastrophic impact on school standards and is already taking steps to cover that up. Angela Rayner’s attempt to dress this up as a ‘win’ for teachers is laughable. The average English school has the Ofsted inspectors in for two days once every four years. If Rayner believes that places an unbearable burden on teachers, she should try taking a set four GCSE French class on a Friday afternoon. (To read more, click here.)