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Tension between DfE and Ofsted.

Tension between DfE and Ofsted.

If reports over the summer are to be believed, there is a simmering tension between Ofsted and the Department for Education over the direction of the inspectorate’s new framework. I worry that, if this is the case, it is schools and pupils who will lose out.

Her Majesty's chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, has been consistent over the past year in arguing that inspection must look more at the curriculum. This is partly driven by the view that a counterbalance is needed to the overbearing weight that performance measures bring to bear in the accountability system -– exam results should be part of the picture, but not the whole picture.

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