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Parents’ and teachers’ views on Ofsted

27 July 2017 (by Simon James (clerk))

Thursday 27 July, 2017

Ofsted has published the results of surveys of parents’ and teachers’ perceptions of the inspectorate’s work. Findings which may be of interest to governing boards include:

• 87% of parents know the Ofsted rating their child’s school received
• Two-thirds of parents believe that Ofsted provides a reliable measure of school quality
• 57% of parents use Ofsted reports for information about a setting their child already attends, while 42% use them to help choose a school
• 57% of teachers said inspection provided a fair and accurate assessment of their school (of those that didn’t, 11% said it was too lenient and 25% that it was too harsh)
• 86% of teachers agree that “Ofsted inspection introduces unacceptable levels of burden into the system”
• 76% of teachers feel that Ofsted’s myth busting initiative has permeated through their school to some extent

Initial findings from the 2017 NGA and TES survey suggest that governors and trustees are more likely than parents or teachers to believe that Ofsted reports give a fair and accurate picture of a school, with 81% agreeing with this statement.