Proposal would mean longer and more detailed checks along with a £10m increase in funding

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, said Ofsted was a trusted source of information for parents. Photograph: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media

The Conservatives plan to increase Ofsted’s powers to inspect schools in England with longer, more detailed inspection visits and increased fundingin stark contrast with Labour and Liberal Democrat manifesto proposals to abolish the watchdog in its current form.

Arguing that Ofsted is widely

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