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Education Secretary suggests overhaul of OFSTED must consider teacher workload.

Education Secretary suggests overhaul of OFSTED must consider teacher workload.

Education secretary Damian Hinds has warned that plans to overhaul Ofsted’s school inspection framework need to be balanced against the effect it would have on teacher workload.

The news comes amid growing tension between the Department for Education and the inspectorate over Ofsted’s plans to put a new inspection regime in place in 2019-2020.

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has made it clear that the changes, which are expected to give more weight to how broad a school’s curriculum is and less to exam results, are her top priority.

However, the education secretary told headteachers in March that he wanted to strip away work that does not add value to the classroom, and has previously said that the sector needs "a period of less change" after a wave of recent exam reforms.

Now, in an exclusive interview with Tes, Mr Hinds has said that it was right for Ofsted to review its framework, but he revealed concerns about “what that does to workload".

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