Mixed view on changes

HEADTEACHERS have said plans by the government to

change the way schools are inspected will not make a difference to the teaching in school.

The announcement by Sir Michael Wilshaw, the new head of Ofsted, will see some schools previously judged by inspectors to be outstanding will be re-assessed if the school’s teaching is not judged to be of the highest standard.

Some headteachers at outstanding schools in the area have attacked the decision while others are more ambivalent.

Headteacher at Falconer’s Hill Infant School in Daventry Coleen Wilkins said: “I don’t know a lot about the re-inspection but it seems rather unfair when the original inspection was so rigorous.

“Ofsted seem to reneging on their decision to concentrate on schools performing less well. The goal posts are constantly moving and all we can do is keep concentrating on what is important – the children and their wellbeing and learning.”

Yvonne Watts, headteacher at Welton Primary School, said: “I don’t think this will make a difference to our school. It will make us constantly strive to try and get the very best possible standard of education for all of the children at our school.”

Other changes will see the satisfactory rating dropped which could see more schools drop into the special measures.