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Headteachers' union strongly against snap inspections

A headteachers' union has warned it would be strongly against the idea of routine snap schools inspections.

Plans for no-notice Ofsted visits were put forward by Education Secretary Michael Gove in the Commons yesterday in the wake of investigations into allegations of a "Trojan Horse" plot by hard-line Muslims at a number of Birmingham schools.

If no-notice inspections become the routine, we would be opposed to it. It would make it very difficult for our members to engage in school to school support.

Ofsted already has the powers to drop in unannounced if it has concerns. I'm not entirely sure what's achieved by this, other than damaging autonomy in the school system.

– National Association of Head Teachers general secretary Russell Hobby

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Youngsters 'need to know how to avoid' internet porn

There is no place for explicit materials in the classroom or school, even in the course of teaching about their dangers, but many young people are exposed to such materials on the internet and phones.

In the face of this young people need to know how to cope with and avoid these distorted views of relationships.

– Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers

Call for porn warnings for primary school pupils

Many parents believe schools should teach children about the dangers of pornography as soon as they are old enough to use the internet. Credit: PA Wire

42% of parents believe schools should teach children about the dangers of pornography as soon as they are old enough to use the internet, a survey suggests.

It reveals that the majority of parents do not want it to be left to them alone to educate their youngsters about the controversial issue, and a large proportion think that pupils as young as five or six should be given lessons on the subject.

The survey, which questioned around 1,000 parents, found that six in ten parents are worried or very worried about their sons and daughters seeing violent or sexual material on the web.

But the poll also reveals that the majority (80%) of parents feel confident in protecting their children online.

While just over half (51%) said that pupils should not be taught about the dangers of pornography until they are teenagers, 42% said that they should be educated as soon as they are old enough to access the internet, even if they are as young as five or six.

More than eight in ten (83%) said issues around pornography should form part of sex education lessons.

'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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