13 Mar 2015

Ofsted is being used as a “political tool” by ministers, Labour’s education spokesman claimed last night, as he accused the watchdog of forcing inspectors to fail schools in order to trigger mandatory conversion to academy status.

21 Jan 2015

One day after Nicky Morgan announced the closure of Durham Free School, a second free school, Grindon Hall, in the North East was given an inadequate rating and put in special measures.

12 Dec 2014

For the Anti Academies Alliance, Ofsted is not the final arbiter on the quality of education and it has been much criticised for its role in the academisation of schools. However this week’s data is yet further proof that the programme is not working and must be stopped until a full inquiry into education can be held.

12 Dec 2014

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Ofsted chief inspector, has hit out at a key plank of the government’s education policy, arguing that struggling schools are no better off in academy chains than under local authority control.

12 Dec 2014

Academies have been blamed for dragging down educational standards in Tameside after it was revealed that just half of pupils attend a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ secondary school.

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