Podcast: New Ofsted chief says Norfolk schools have a “long way to go”

Andrew Cook, the new Ofsted regional director for the East of England. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Andrew Cook, the new Ofsted regional director for the East of England. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Ofsted's new regional director for the East of England has responded to an EDP survey in which 74pc of Norfolk headteachers said they did not have confidence in the inspectorate's judgements on schools.

In a five-minute podcast recorded on Andrew Cook's recent visit to the EDP, he also discussed the inspectorate's priorities for the next six to 12 months.

He said one particular focus would be geographical - on localities where there were low proportions of good or better schools concern, and added: 'It's some urgent work that needs to take place'.

He also responded to common complaints from some headteachers that inspectors place too much emphasis on a school's data, making the actual inspection of schools a formality.

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