MPs say Ofsted cuts leave parents questioning the quality of education

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A committee of MP’s have warned that parents in England are not getting the assurance they need about the quality of education their children are receiving.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said it is unaccepted that so many schools (previously rated Outstanding by Ofsted), are exempt from being reinspected.

Ofsted’s budget has been cut significantly in recent years. The cost of inspection is of high importance and a topic heavily discussed by Ofsted and the Department of Education. Bu worries are mounting in terms of families’ abilities to make informed decisions about schools, given the cuts of Ofsted’s budget.

PAC have criticised Ofsted for falsely stating in its annual report for 2016-17 that it had met its statutory target for reinspecting schools every five years, when it had in fact failed to do this for 43 schools.

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