16 June 2015
Commenting on Nicky Morgan’s announcement following the release of Ofsted’s published data on the latest inspection results for schools in England, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The NUT congratulates and thanks teachers for the hard work that they do in schools day in and day out to improve the life chances of children and young people. Unlike Sir Michael Wilshaw, we recognise it is not just school leaders who make a school thrive.
“Our members are well aware that the difference between a ‘good’ and a ‘requires improvement’ grade from Ofsted can be arbitrary or downright unfair. Thousands of schools are now under threat from Nicky Morgan, who is determined to force academy status upon any school defined as ‘failing’ or ‘coasting’. As she remains unable to specify what she even means by ‘coasting’, it is quite possible that no school will in future be safe.
“We need to move away from the punitive Ofsted system of school inspection, which has only succeeded in creating a climate of fear. It is now a matter of urgency that we move towards a system of school self-evaluation, in which the profession has full confidence.”