18 Oct '14

News Emails expose how superheads schools knew Ofsted inspectors were coming

Now evidence reveals that principals at Rachel de Souzas Inspiration Trust schools, praised by Michael Gove, were surprisingly well informed about when inspections would happenIan Harris was surprised when his 15-year-old daughter told him that her year group had been taken out of class at Ormiston Victory Academy to be told there would be an Ofsted inspection the following week and that they should behave. As a father of four school-age children, he knew of the terror among teachers of such inspections and that it was normal practice to receive just half a days notice to avoid the priming of pupils and the cover-up of failure. His irritation that the school in Norwich, run by headteacher Rachel de Souza, didnt then offer him the chance to provide feedback to Ofsted over its performance led him to complain to the regulator.And, to be fair to Ofsted, they called me back, said Harris, 50. But I was told that if I wanted a full-blown investigation I wouldnt have anonymity. We thought about it but I didnt want that sort of distraction when my daughter was going through GCSEs. I do wonder about that phone call now. Continue reading...

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