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There was frustration this week after Ofsted seemingly passed the buck over MPs’ calls for single-word inspection judgements to be axed.

In its response to a damning Education Select Committee report, Ofsted said that the decision over the future of single-word judgements was one for the Department for Education (DfE).

MPs on the select committee had called on Ofsted to “develop an alternative” to the current system, which it called “reductive and simplistic”.

But Ofsted’s formal response to the committee, published last week, offered little on the subject other than a commitment to “engaging with them (the DfE) on all relevant matters”.

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