'Outstanding' Ofsted rating is 'holding head teachers back' and 'should be scrapped'

Top performing schools should no longer be labelled 'outstanding' as the Ofsted grade is holding many head teachers back, the general secretary of a head teachers' union has warned.


Russell Hobby, head of the NAHT, called for the top grading to be "eliminated" as the "threat" of losing the ranking leads many head teachers to avoid taking risks and making changes within their schools.


Speaking at an education conference run by the Education Policy Institute, Mr Hobby warned that it "can be as hard to recruit a new head to an outstanding school as it is to recruit a head to a school in special measures.


"The only way is down," he said.


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