Ofsted’s New Leadership Launches Inquiry

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Ofsted inspections will not restart next week, new chief inspector Sir Martyn Oliver has said, as he launches an internal inquiry into how the watchdog responded to the death of headteacher Ruth Perry. In a recent interview, Sir Martyn Oliver has promised the sector a “fresh start”, with more “empathetic” inspections and a “less defensive” inspectorate that is more “of the system”. Ofsted has faced fierce criticism after Perry’s suicide. A coroner ruled an Ofsted inspection contributed to her death, adding there is a “risk of future deaths if there is only lip service paid to learning from tragedies like this”. Inspections were paused before Christmas and both Ofsted and the Department for Education have until February 7 to tell the coroner what actions they will take over her concerns about school inspections. Click here for more.