Responding to the Ofsted report, “The most able students: Are they doing as well as they should in our non-selective secondary schools?” Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union said:

“Yet again the teaching profession and parents will be deeply dismayed to see another ideological report condemning our education system.

“The findings appear to be based on the flimsiest of research evidence.

“Whilst there is no room for complacency, the Chief Inspector seems to be ignorant of the fact that schools in England are among the best in the world.

“He appears to be in denial over the role of Ofsted over the last 21 years, which has presided over a system of inspection that has judged more than two thirds of schools as good or outstanding.

“Today’s report highlights the increasing politicisation of Ofsted. The public deserves an independent system of inspection which can engender trust and confidence.

“Teachers and parents deserve an inspectorate which is truly independent and which celebrates the achievements of teachers and pupils, rather than denigrating them at every opportunity.”

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