28 Oct '14

News The verdict on Ofsted: requires improvement?

The schools watchdog is holding a consultation on its future. At Education Guardian, we held our own public inquiryOfsted has been dogged by criticism lately: accusations of political bias, complaints by headteachers that its judgments seem arbitrary, politicians privately commenting that the agency is poorly managed, or unions warning that the system is causing unnecessary stress. There have been allegations that some headteachers have found out the date of inspections in advance. The watchdog has undertaken a new consultation on a draft framework its inspection guidelines including shorter, more frequent inspections and a toughening up of safeguarding issues, following some highly damaging failures. It also recently published a myth-busting guide to clarify its position on lesson-grading and the amount of marking expected. Will all this silence Ofsteds critics? Continue reading...

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