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Ofsted’s work with schools


The Education Committee has launched an inquiry into Ofsted’s work with schools. The inquiry aims to assess how well Ofsted is fulfilling its role in inspecting schools and whether and how it could be improved, to inform the work of the incoming His Majesty’s Chief Inspector. The inquiry will look at the impact of Ofsted judgements on schools and pupils, including the impact on workload and wellbeing for all members of the school community, and the usefulness of Ofsted inspections for schools and parents.

The inquiry will also look at Ofsted’s complaints procedure and assess how accountable Ofsted is in its work.

It will also explore the impact of the new Education Inspection Framework introduced in 2019.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

Please note that the Committee is not able to investigate individual cases in its work. This inquiry will not examine the events that preceded the death of Ruth Perry. Inquests are not discussed in Parliament whilst they are open. This is set out in the sub judice resolution agreed by the House. Its purpose is to prevent Parliament from seeming to interfere in the work of the courts. 



This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 20 July 2023.

Upcoming events

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Past events

Wednesday 8 November 2023
2:30pm Public
Ofsted’s work with schools - Oral evidence 8 November 2023
  • Amanda Spielman (His Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and Children's Services at Ofsted)
  • Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP (Minister of State for Schools at Department for Education)
  • Juliet Chua (Director General for Schools at Department for Education)
Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 24 October 2023
10:00am Public
Ofsted’s work with schools - Oral evidence 24 October 2023
  • Natalie Perera (Chief Executive at Education Policy Institute)
  • Dr Sam Sims (Lecturer at UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities)
  • Dr Bernardita Munoz Chereau (Lecturer at UCL Centre for Educational Leadership)
  • Carole Willis (Chief Executive at National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER))
  • Sir Michael Wilshaw, Former HMCI
  • The Rt Hon. the Lord Knight of Weymouth (Former Schools Minister and Chair at Beyond Ofsted inquiry)
Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 17 October 2023
10:00am Public
Ofsted’s work with schools - Oral evidence 17 October 2023
  • Tom Middlehurst (Assessment and Inspection Specialist at Association of School and College Leaders)
  • Daniel Kebede (General Secretary at National Education Union)
  • Ian Hartwright (Head of Policy at National Association of Head Teachers)
  • Sam Henson (Director of Policy and Communications at National Governance Association)
  • Jason Elsom (Chief Executive at Parentkind)
  • Charlotte Rainer (Coalition Lead at Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition)
  • Steve Rollett (Deputy Chief Executive at Confederation of School Trusts)
Room 15, Palace of Westminster

Contact us

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  • Phone: 020 7219 2370 (general enquiries) | 020 7219 8895 (media enquiries)
  • Address: Education Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA