logo-education
0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

Forgotten your password?

Ofsted slammed by MPs

8 January 2010

Ofsted now oversees early years settings, colleges, children's services and social care, as well as schools. In a new report the Commons schools select committee has attacked the breadth of Ofsted's responsibilities and their overreliance on exam results when assessing schools.

Criticism has also been targeted at the "relentless pace of reform" that Ofsted is overseeing; saying that schools feel "coerced and constrained". The select committee has urged Ministers to give schools and LAs a period of stability. The committee is supported by the Association of School and College Leaders General Secretary, Dr John Dunford, who commented that the obsession with accountability has led to a sense there is a crisis in the schools system.

With a general election campaign about to begin, is there really any likelihood of a period of stability?

Related opinions

Head of Education, Mark Blois celebrates 25 years of being an education lawyer

Mark Blois, Browne Jacobson’s national Head of Education, is marking a notable anniversary, an incredible 25 years as an education lawyer.

View blog

Be wary of events post-dating the presentation of an Employment Tribunal claim

In Sakyi-Opare v Albert Kennedy Trust, the EAT held that an Employment Tribunal erred in deciding a claim was out of time because it did not first consider the claimant’s application to amend her claim, which included events that post-dated her claim.

View blog

A level results: what this means for schools and higher education?

This year’s A Level results have been a resounding success and demonstrate the commitment and resilience of students, schools and school staff during these unprecedented times. However, there will inevitably be some students who are disappointed with the teacher assessed grade.

View blog

Does the move into Step 4 mean the ending of Covid-19 restrictions within schools?

With the Prime Ministers announcement that he intends for Step 4 to begin on 19 July, this will also bring an end to the restrictions currently in place on education settings.

View blog

Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

View profile

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up