The Conservatives have let over 1,000 schools go unvisited by inspectors for over a decade, according to analysis by the Liberal Democrats.
Figures published on 28 November 2019, reveal that 1,048 schools have not been visited by an Ofsted inspector since 29 November 2009. Schools rated outstanding by Ofsted in their previous inspection are no longer inspected routinely, unless concerns are raised.
This means that safeguarding or other problems with a school that are not reported to Ofsted can go unnoticed for years. Boris Johnson restated a policy to remove this exemption. His Government first promised to do this two months ago but he has failed to deliver.
New figures show that of the 593 previously outstanding schools that were inspected last academic year, more than half saw their grade drop and 113 were rated ‘Requires Improvement’ or ‘Inadequate’.
Following the latest Ofsted inspections in April this year, three schools and one FE college in Welwyn Hatfield are now rated as ‘requiring improvement’. These are Creswick Primary and Nursery School; Stanborough School, Onslow St Audrey’s and Oaklands College.
The Liberal Democrats have committed to replacing Ofsted with a new schools watchdog that teachers and parents can trust.
Our parliamentary candidate, Paul Zukowskyj, said: “It is simply not good enough that too many children in Welwyn Hatfield could be receiving poor or inadequate education yet we simply do not know. We are advocating to replace Ofsted with a schools watchdog that parents and teachers can trust.
“In the meantime, we need to support all our schools so that pupils can have access to a brighter future and ensure that we raise standards across the board in Welwyn Hatfield.”
We will spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.
Figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in Welwyn Hatfield will have seen their budgets cut by £63,786,750 in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account.
This is equivalent to a cut of £239 per pupil. Across the constituency, 23% of schools have seen their spending power cut since 2015.