College of Teaching leader brands Ofsted 'outstanding' grade 'very problematic'

Dame Alison Peacock questions Ofsted's top grade and calls for secondary schools to make key stage 3 'a more compelling experience'.


The chief executive of the Chartered College of Teaching has added her voice to criticisms of Ofsted’s "outstanding" grade for schools.


Dame Alison Peacock told a headteacher’s conference on Friday that the top grade was "hugely divisive and very problematic".


Last June, incoming Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman told MPs on the Commons Education Select Committee that she was "quite uncomfortable" about some of the effects of the "outstanding" judgement, and that she wanted the possibility of scrapping it to be "fully discussed".


Dame Alison was executive headteacher at the "outstanding"-rated Wroxham School in Hertfordshire before becoming the first leader of the Chartered College of Teaching in January.


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