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We’ve been asking your opinions on Ofsted for five years now. That’s longer than the current Inspection Framework has existed (published 2019) and matches the term of the Chief Inspector (appointed January 2017).

So how have your views on Ofsted changed in that time?

Back in the halcyon days of 2018, many of you felt (relatively) positive about the Inspectorate. Although few of you were what we might call “fans” (scoring it a 7, 8 or 9 on our 9-point scale), half of you were willing to give it the benefit of the doubt (4, 5, or 6) and around a third of you were out-and-out negative (1, 2 or 3).

Fast forward to 2023 and approval ratings have plummeted. Only a third of you now sit in the middle camp (4, 5 or 6) and nearly two-thirds give it one of the three worst scores (1, 2 or 3). In fact, 22% of you gave it a 1; twice as many as any other time we’ve asked.

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