'Championing the rights of children'

Schools 'hide unruly pupils' from Ofsted inspectors

Garry Thu 18 Nov 2010 10:42

Schools avoid Ofsted inspections of their worst classes, raising doubts over assessments of behaviour standards, MPs have heard.

Schools put cover teachers into classes to avoid Ofsted inspectors, the education select committee was told.

The watchdog's verdicts on behaviour "aren't worth the paper they're written on", said Tom Trust, formerly of the General Teaching Council for England.

Ofsted said there was little evidence that schools try to mislead it.

Mr Trust, formerly an elected member of the GTC's council, told MPs he did not believe headteachers' evidence on behaviour standards in their schools was reliable.

He said he was aware of a head teacher who claimed there were no disciplinary problems in their school despite lesson observation notes recording numerous "misdemeanours" in the classroom.  Read more... (BBC News - 17 November)

Heads hide worst pupils from inspectors, MPs told - (The Guardian - 17 November)