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The Chartered College of Teaching. Who counts?

I want to explore two issues in this post.  Firstly, who and what is the Chartered College of Teaching for?   I am reading a lot of commentary on twitter focusing on its role in giving teachers a voice.  This then fuels the second issue – who should be on the Council leading the College?  It’s … Continue reading

Ofsted Inspection is Deeply Flawed – says a serving inspector.

As someone who has raised multiple concerns about the validity of inspection processes over several years, I often receive messages from people on the receiving end.   This year alone, at least 10 different people have shared their bad experiences; their feelings of injustice, insecurity, demoralisation, disillusionment – after an Ofsted inspection that has taken them … Continue reading

The inspirational story of Cardiff’s Eastern High School.

This week I had the pleasure of hearing a presentation from Armando and Innes, Head and Deputy Head at Eastern High School in Cardiff at a Headteachers’ conference run by the school improvement team GwE in North Wales.  The story of how they have turned this school around is truly inspirational. Joining the school (Armando … Continue reading

Why @researchEd1 is so brilliant. And necessary.

One of the most exciting elements of the education scene in the last five years…. no, let me start again….. THE most exciting element of the education scene in the last five years as far as I’m concerned,  has been the emergence and expansion of the ResearchEd movement started by Tom Bennett in 2013.   Supported … Continue reading

Toxic tough talk is still killing us and needs to stop.

Although I’m an optimistic by nature and see lots of wonderful things happening in our system, this is something that still bothers me…. so I’m going to off-load about it. I remember hosting a Headteachers’ event at my school – when I had one – when a well-informed policy thinktank person laid out some home … Continue reading

Ofsted Grades here to stay. Now what?

A while ago I wrote a blog exploring the reasons why Ofsted Grading is such a terrible idea:  Five reasons to ditch Ofsted grades. Here are the reasons: They are a ludicrous over-simplication Inspection is fundamentally too subjective and unreliable The public interest illusion:  schools needing the most help are damaged even more. The hideous hubris … Continue reading

GCSE Exams: Keeping a proportionate positive perspective.

Despite the fact that we’ve been running Y11 exams in one form or another for decades, there is always a fairly strong undercurrent in the discourse around the annual exam season characterised by a sense of injustice and unreasonableness.  In relation to GCSEs, the following arguments are rehearsed fairly often: Exams don’t measure everything that … Continue reading

The Value of Experience. #respect

It’s inevitable that, over the course of a career in teaching, perspectives change.  If I  could go back and have a word with my young teacher self, aged 22, I’d certainly be telling myself to show a bit more respect to the guys who had been working at it for a few decades.  Listen to … Continue reading

Breaking: Ofsted meets Robocop in fully automated AI/VR Inspections.

Following an extended meeting of the Ofsted Top Brass, major changes to Ofsted inspections are being proposed.  The central debate focused on the fundamental role of inspectors:  As Good Cop – seeking to improve schools for the youth of tomorrow – or Bad Cop – eradicating inadequacy and the requiring of improvement. However, the Ofsted … Continue reading

Ofsted Grading IS On The Table.

(See update at bottom) I was about to write a blog called Ofsted: Good Cop, Bad Cop, RoboCop  – exploring various aspects of engaging with Ofsted: the immense power and impact of the organisation, its tendency to make itself bullet proof against criticism (it’s what parents want, no system will ever be totally reliable, that’s … Continue reading

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