New Ofsted chief ‘uncomfortable’ with ‘outstanding’ rating.

‘Amanda Spielman, who will take over as Ofsted chief in January if she is approved by parliament, told the education select committee that she was open to discussions on the use of “outstanding” as the top rating awarded by inspectors, saying that the word made her uncomfortable. …

Spielman drew a clear contrast with Ofsted’s incumbent Sir Michael Wilshaw, a former headteacher, saying that that the role of chief inspector was “not about being a superhead”. She also appeared to support criticisms of Ofsted’s ratings for schools, including the coveted “outstanding” status.

“I’m quite uncomfortable about some of the effects you see it having in the system, I have to say,” she told the committee, adding: “It’s something I would like to see fully discussed.”

Critics say the attempt to reach “outstanding” places unrealistic pressure on staff and penalises schools in deprived areas that struggle to ever qualify for the highest rating.

Spielman’s appearance coincided with new figures from Ofsted showing that the number of schools in England judged good or outstanding had reached record levels.’ - Guardian

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