'Internal' school inspections

Headteachers are to conduct their own school inspections amid mounting concerns about Ofsted, it was announced today.

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Ofsted: Headteachers already act as Ofsted inspectors

An Ofsted spokeswoman has responded to mounting concerns about the amount of pressure put on headteachers from Ofsted.

A new programme has been launched by The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) to act as an alternative to the current Ofsted system, where inspections are carried out by headteachers.

Headteachers and other senior leaders from good and outstanding schools are already serving as additional inspectors (AIs) on Ofsted school inspection teams.

They include National Leaders of Education who have been trained up under an initiative launched last year by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector.

More than half our inspection teams in March 2013 contained at least one current practitioner - and Sir Michael Wilshaw has said he wants this to be the case for every inspection in the future.

– Ofsted spokeswoman

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'Overwhelming' level of fear from Ofsted inspections

The National Association of Head Teachers said the union had decided to set up alternative school inspections carried out by head teachers due to serious concerns among members about the quality of Ofsted inspections.

It is hoped the new scheme will be adopted by a future government Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

General Secretary Russell Hobby warned that the current Ofsted system puts headteachers on the defensive and that the "level of fear is overwhelming".

The programme will be piloted in a number of areas from this autumn, if it is successful it is hoped that a future government will consider the scheme.

"Schools dance to Ofsted's tune but don't really learn from the experience - they are too busy defending themselves against it and then recovering," Mr Hobby said.

Alternative school inspections carried out by teachers

School inspections are to be carried out by headteachers amid mounting concerns about Ofsted, it was announced today.

An Ofsted logo as Headteachers are to conduct their own school inspections amid mounting concerns about Ofsted Credit: PA/PA Wire

A new programme has been launched by The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) to act as an alternative to the current Ofsted system.

The scheme, which has been dubbed "Instead", will see school leaders visiting other schools in their region to check how well they are performing.

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