Ofsted is out of touch claims Labour

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Education and children’s home inspectorate Ofsted is out of touch with the realities of the care system, the Labour Party has claimed.

Speaking to Children & Young Now, shadow children’s minister Steve McCabe said the party plans to conduct a consultation on the future of Ofsted if it returns to power next month. It was by no means certain, he claimed, that Ofsted should continue to operate in its current form, with a remit that had “expanded beyond all recognition”.

The Member of Parliament for Birmingham Selly Oak said many local authority children’s departments were under “enormous” pressure. He continued:

“Whether the Ofsted approach is adding anything beneficial is highly debatable. It seems to pride itself on riding into town, having a press conference, and then riding out. It seems to have lost touch.”

A Labour review would reconsider Ofsted’s various duties with a view to narrowing its focus, McCabe added. It was possible, he claimed, that Ofsted were not the best people to inspect children’s services at all.


Stowe Family Law Web Team

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