Ofsted has obtained hundreds of emails from dad and mom praising distant studying in colleges after schooling secretary Gavin Williamson sparked anger by saying they may increase complaints with the watchdog.
The minister informed parliament on Wednesday — two days after colleges had been informed to maneuver on-line to all however susceptible and key employee kids — that Ofsted would implement authorized necessities for state colleges in England to supply high-quality distant schooling through the lockdown.
“The last thing teachers and heads need right now is the spectre of Ofsted,” Dr Mary Bousted from the National Education Union mentioned.
Just days after Mr Williamson’s feedback, Ofsted mentioned it has obtained round 11,000 emails from dad and mom, nearly all of which praised colleges for the distant schooling their kids are receiving.
It is known that volunteers from throughout Ofsted might must step in and assist the watchdog’s name centre crew type by the backlog of emails.
After Mr Williamson mentioned they may complain on to Ofsted over distant studying provision, dad and mom took to social media vowing to ship letters to the watchdog with optimistic feedback as a substitute.
The authorities mentioned final Wednesday Ofsted would “play an important role in holding schools to account” for the standard of the distant schooling they supply throughout lockdown.
Ofsted can examine colleges the place it has important considerations in regards to the high quality of schooling being offered – together with distant schooling – and fogeys can report considerations to the watchdog having first gone to the college, the Department for Education (DfE) mentioned.
At the beginning of final week, colleges had been informed to maneuver on-line to all pupils – besides susceptible kids and key staff’ kids – till at the very least mid-February.
The watchdog informed The Independent it was unable to supply a determine on the variety of emails praising or complaining about colleges, however it’s understood nearly all of messages had been optimistic.
Additional reporting by Press Association