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Teachers are told to stop behaving 'like children' after they heckle MP and demand an end to Ofsted 

Teachers are told to stop behaving 'like children' after they heckle MP and demand an end to Ofsted 

Teachers were told to stop ‘acting like children’ after shouting ‘No more Ofsted’ at their annual conference yesterday.

Members of the National Education Union (NEU) were denounced by their own president after interrupting a Labor MP’s speech.

Bridget Phillipson, the party’s education spokesperson, angered activists during a speech to 1,000 delegates in Bournemouth.

Many NEU members want to abolish the watchdog, but Ms Phillipson wants to keep it and introduce reforms.

Midway through her speech, delegates began shouting, “No more Ofsted!” and, ‘Ofsted is not welcome here!’

Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson angered activists during a speech to 1,000 delegates in Bournemouth when she said Ofsted needs reform

Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson angered activists during a speech to 1,000 delegates in Bournemouth when she said Ofsted needs reform

President Daniel Kebede, who chaired the conference, intervened and said, “I don’t want this screaming. If you don’t want to be here, no one is forcing you to be here.’

Then about 100 people walked out noisily while she was still speaking and kept shouting outside.

They could be heard chanting: ‘What do we want? No more Ofsted! When do we want it? Utilities!’

After the speech, there was more cheering and cheering from the rest of the audience.

Then, annoyed, Mr. Kebede said, “You’re like children. Just sit down.’

Afterward, a visibly shocked Ms Phillipson told reporters she wanted Ofsted to be reformed to better “support” teachers.

She said school staff and leaders reported that inspection was “punitive and not as supportive as it should be.”

She said, “I understand the frustration teachers feel, but I also understand that parents want to make sure their child’s school is doing well.”

NEU activists are known for their rowdy demonstrations and sharp left-wing views.

Jeremy Corbyn, who wanted to abolish Ofsted, received a standing ovation in 2016. Ofsted did not respond to the request for comment.

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