21 Mar 2023

Ofsted urged to pause inspections after death of headteacher


Teaching unions have called for Ofsted to pause school inspections in England after the family of a head teacher said she took her own life as a result of one of its reports.

Ruth Perry died in January, knowing that an Ofsted report was about to be published that would criticise the way her Reading primary school was run and giving it the lowest possible rating.

A headteacher of another Berkshire school said she would refuse to allow an inspection today by Ofsted, but eventually this morning inspectors were allowed in.