Lib Dems: “Scrap Ofsted”

Lib Dems reveal plans to scrap Ofsted and league tables

The Liberal Democrats recently unveiled a set of proposals aimed at overhauling the education system in England. Two key pledges would see the party scrapping Ofsted and school league tables, opting instead for a less “high-stakes” accountability system that analyses student and teacher wellbeing.

The Lib Dem’s proposals are to be put to members during the spring conference this weekend, Schools Week reports, with leaders calling for Ofsted to be replaced with a “reformed independent schools inspectorate system.”

Such system would “assess teacher and pupil wellbeing, as well as results” and would help to evaluate “whether school leaders can deliver future improvement.”

The party also believes that league tables should be scrapped in favour of a “broader set of indicators, including qualitative data on pupil wellbeing.” The data would be gained from student and parent feedback on the school’s performance, together with information on how many students secure a place at university.

Other changes put forward by the Lib Dems would see mandatory SATs at key stages 1 and 2 being replaced with “lighter-touch testing” and moderated assessments for teachers. A “curriculum for life” would also be introduced which would include relationships and sex education, first aid and financial literacy. The party has also outlined plans for a “specific individual responsible for mental health in schools.”

Furthermore, the party has said it wants to put an end to education cuts by safeguarding per-pupil spending “in real terms, including in further education.”

“The over-emphasis on high stakes testing has meant the system has overlooked so many other elements of the development of the child,” commented education spokesperson for the Lib Dems, Layla Moran.

She continued: “Parents want to know their children’s wellbeing is looked after and that they are taught lessons for life, such as first aid and financial literacy, and have the prospects to succeed.”

What do you think of these proposed changes?



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3 thoughts on “Lib Dems: “Scrap Ofsted”

  1. Current education systems are failing our children, children are not ready for the outside world when leaving secondary, basic skills are not consistent. When children are deciding on options there should be more of a range of interest, learning a trade such as construction, plumbing, electrician etc and I personally believe that life skills such as managing money, cooking skills should be imbedded throughout their years in education. Society is changing and education needs to mirror that change by opening up to more options to support the next generation.
    I have twins who are in their last year at secondary school and the turn over of teachers in the school has been terrible, students have lost their trust with teachers, different approaches are being used, no consistency and then to top it off new system have been put in place several time, no wander the students are low in confidence and may show challenging behaviours. This trial and error attitude to education is having an overwhelming impact on students attitude to school as well as learning.
    Work experience should be mandatory in all schools and the range of interests should be considered to develop the students aspirations. IEP’s and assessments are just tools that are not being used effectively. Students who are low achievers continually just go through the system and leave with poor grades. There seems to be no passion in education anymore which is very disappointing. Students are drawing towards apprenticeships now and feel that going to university is a waste of time. This direction is touched on slightly in schools, but not promoted as much as university, it would be useful to know why?

  2. About time. Over the years I’ve seen pressure of League Tables make teachers turn into “copy this hand-out” providers. Now we’re seeing undergraduates asking questions like “what page is this in the book?” and “which website do I copy from?”. Cause and effect I’m afraid, but at least our esteemed political leaders can say they have personally improved school results year on year.

  3. I remember watching the debates when a certain Mr Nick Clegg promised to scrap Ofsted. He made a number of pro-education promises. The LibDems didn’t win the election but they did get to put together a coalition. They chose the Conservative Party as their partners, insisting that it gave them the opportunity to drive forward their own, more socially responsible agenda. Once in that position of power they abandoned every pledge they made about education so don’t expect anyone to be impressed with the promises they make this time around.

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