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Regional Ofsted inspectors

10 August 2012

Last week, Sir Michael Wilshaw announced that Ofsted are appointing eight new regional directors to “take charge” of school improvement and assess the work of local authorities and academy chains.

As the capacity of the local authority reduces there have been concerns raised about the ability of the government, from their central position, to monitor schools performance effectively.

Ofsted has often been identified as the best placed organisation to take on this role practically, at a regional level and these new appointments will go some way to fill the vacuum left by the decreasing role of the local authority.

In the past, Ofsted have inspected schools but left them to implement changes required to improve, often with little support. As schools traditional support mechanisms lose capacity, this new focus of Ofsted on school improvement, after inspection, is likely to be a welcome change, particularly for schools struggling to perform to high standards that could do with extra support on a practical and regional level.

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