Union members vote to scrap ‘Big Bully’ Ofsted

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Teachers have voted in favour of scrapping Ofsted amid concerns over the pressure and workload it is piling on staff - and have proposed replacing it with a “proper system of accountability”.

Delegates at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) conference in Brighton backed calls for the schools watchdog to be ditched amid concerns it simply adds to anxiety with little scope of improvement.

Members voted to speak with the Labour Party to lobby for a new system, and will ask the opposition and any forthcoming Labour government to scrap Ofsted as part of a shake-up of education regulation.

Teacher Mark Slatter, from West Sussex, seconding the motion, said his school was “expecting the dreaded phone call, any time now, saying Ofsted will be coming”.

He said: “Even before they arrive, my head teacher informs me that we cannot get ‘outstanding’ or even ‘good’ because of past and predicted results,

“What kind of system prejudges a school and assumes it requires improvement before it even steps over the threshold?”

NUT Executive member Amanda Martin, presenting an amendment to continue to build support for alternative models of school accountability, described Ofsted as “the big bully, the ogre, the workload creator, who causes anxiety, fear and worry, the ever-circling vulture that is Ofsted”.