Matthew Coffey told the House of Commons Education Select Committee earlier this year that Ofsted did not inspect "every single subject." This is an understatement. Ofsted is not inspecting any subjects at all, and no subject reports are included in HMCI's annual report. All it says about modern languages is that some pupils are dropping out at 14 because they don't enjoy them or find them difficult.
Ofsted's job is, or ought to be, to say why this is the case, and what should be done about it. It can't answer the questions, because it is not inspecting langauges. In fact, it is not inspecting anything in any detail except management, and has only a handful - less than a handful - of inspectors with the skills that would enable them to do this. The recently-appointed MFL inspector has just sent out an email to primary schools asking what they are doing. This is a dereliction of duty - it is her responsibility to find out what they are doing - not what they say they are - and to evaluate it.
There is not a word about this or any subject in HMCI's annual report. HMCI and his senior colleagues - I only just stop short of the term henchmen - are basing their reports on behaviour, management and data, and do not realise the extent to which data under the current system are corrupt to the extent that they enable cheats and bullies to prosper and penalise honest people. They are, in short, not doing their work properly and have lost all credibility with teachers. Not that that matters to them, as they are all headteachers. The organisation's motto should be changed to reflect the reality. Oderint dum metuant. Let them hate, so long as they fear.