Ofsted to be investigated by the National Audit Office

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An investigation is being conducted into Ofsted by The National Audit Office (NAO), to assess whether the watchdog inspects schools efficiently and effectively.
The NAO will specifically assess if Ofsted is well-placed to inspect schools efficiently and effectively, whether Ofsted inspects its schools in an efficient and effective manner and whether the watchdog knows whether its inspections are having a positive impact.
Previously Ofsted has been criticised for its methods of inspection, particularly around the lack of research evidence behind Ofsted’s inspection process. Comments from university professionals also say that there was no proof that Ofsted’s inspections and lesson observations led to valid judgements.
Ofsted have said that they welcome the study and look forward to working closely with the NAO.

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