Exclusive: ‘Ofsted made 3Rs success a stick to beat us’

A multi academy trust leader is claiming that Ofsted’s new curriculum focused inspections are penalising schools working in deprived areas who need to focus more on ensuring pupils can read and write.

Trinity Academy Trust, which runs seven Yorkshire schools, is now appealing against a requires improvement judgement in a report which criticises the school for failing to ensure pupils develop knowledge in subjects outside of English and maths.

The primary was visited last month under Ofsted’s new school inspection framework which places a much greater emphasis on the curriculum that schools use. Union leaders claim the approach has left primaries with a “workload tsunam