Ofsted needs to look at how schools can be rated inadequate overall if they only fail in one area in an inspection – following Ruth Perry’s death, Michael Gove has said.

Ms Perry, who was headteacher at Caversham Primary School in Reading, killed herself in January while waiting for an Ofsted report which downgraded her school to the lowest possible rating, her family said.

Levelling-Up Secretary Mr Gove insisted Ofsted plays a “vital role” in assessing school performance, but suggested ratings need to be “looked at”.

Speaking to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme, Mr Gove paid tribute to Ms Perry, saying she was a “talented, passionately committed person”.

An inspection report, published on Ofsted’s website earlier this month, found Ms Perry’s school to be “good” in every category apart from leadership and management, where it was judged to be “inadequate”.

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