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ATL comment on changes to Ofsted inspections

9 February 2012

Mary Bousted, general secretary at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

"One has to wonder whether Ofsted knows what it is doing to need to make more changes to inspections less than six weeks since it introduced a new inspection regime. Instead of incessant fiddling with the way schools are inspected, Ofsted should focus on helping schools, particularly those in challenging areas, do the best they can for their pupils.

"We want this discredited national system of inspection to end, and be replaced with local inspection and accountability that is linked to supporting improvement in schools."

Notes to editors

  1. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.

  2. ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice.

  3. ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.

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