https://www.tes.com/news/exclusive-ofsted-plan-spend-longer-schools This week Tes revealed how a heavyweight commission on school accountability has concluded that Ofsted inspection reports are unreliable and provide false assurance to parents – because inspectors do not have the time they need. I remember the first Ofsted inspection I suffered, about 15 inspectors arrived and they all stood at the back of the morning assembly. Each department had its own allocated inspector who pored over the schemes of work and lesson plans and would see every teacher in the department teach. There was even a lay inspector who would go around at lunchtime and break time talking to the students. They arrived Monday morning and left Friday lunchtime. The last inspection I suffered was conducted by a single inspector and only a selection of partial lessons was observed but this was about 10 years ago. It seems that there is no consensus about how to effectively inspect a school with Ofsted periodically changing their inspection regime. Ofsted can't even agree how to assess teaching and so they've dropped that from their reports. Perhaps, if they don't know how to inspect a school they should drop that as well and we could go back to the system of local authority inspectors who actually came to advise and help improve schools rather than damning them.