18 Oct '14

News How using headteachers as Ofsted inspectors puts accountability at risk

When the choice is between the needs of a part-time job and a full-time one youre really proud of, the full-time one winsLack of distance and accusations of cosiness between inspectors and those being inspected have always been an issue in the regulation of public services. Setting the need to recruit individuals who understand their area and can communicate judgments with clarity and credibility against the need for inspectors to remain impartial and objective which means stepping out of their role as practitioners and into the role of inspectors has traditionally been a precarious balancing act.In the period leading up to the appointment of Sir Michael Wilshaw in January 2012, Ofsted came in for a good deal of public criticism that inspectors were out of touch, and that some had little idea of current practice in education, having been out of schools for far too long. This, and the need to justify the agencys vast budget by making the link between school improvement and inspection a little less tenuous, prompted a consolidated drive to recruit more in-service heads from outstanding and good schools to act as part-time inspectors. Continue reading...

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