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Former Ofsted inspector John Bald told Daybreak that mistakes were made a few years ago when Ofsted moved from "having a proper inspection to looking at data too much."
He said: "There's too much paperwork, paperwork in schools is ridiculous at the moment."
A report today has called for an end to Ofsted, favouring reviews made by parents and teachers.
The Department for Education said that Ofsted is an "independent and impartial regulator of schools" which carries out an "invaluable role".
Ofsted has responded to claims that its inspections should be replaced with reports carried out by parents and staff.
It said that any changes to the current system "are a matter for the Government and for Parliament."
A report from a think tank has argued that Ofsted should no longer be responsible for inspecting schools and instead offer guidance and collect information on the "innovative and inspiring work" that is going on in schools.
The responsibility for producing reports about schools would be transferred to the parents, teachers, other staff and students of a particular school, it said.
The reports, produced once a year would include:
- Information on everyone's experience of the school and set out plans for improvement
- They would replace the current Ofsted inspection system, which gives schools one of four ratings - outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate
- Current tests and exams should be replaced with a wider range of qualifications to give pupils more choice and to stop schools from focusing on targets
A think tank has called for Ofsed inspections to be scrapped in a bid to stop a "toxic" target-driven culture in schools.
A study from Demos suggests that parents, teachers and pupils, as well as inspectors, should be responsible for drawing up annual school reports.
It argues that the current system, where schools are held to account through inspections and league tables, is "profoundly toxic" and fails to improve standards.
It said that the current culture forces headteachers and teachers to put results and targets ahead of pupils' education.