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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

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

#ditchthegrades Let’s call time on Ofsted grades for schools.

Last week I had a big response when I tweeted in response to another PR thing from Ofsted encouraging schools to download the logos.   Get your big shiny Ofsted Validation badge here!  Your institutional Gold Star. Don’t. It’s part of the problem. #ditch thegrades Not reliable; toxic culture; hubris; too much ‘finger in the … Continue reading

Ofsted Reliability Trials. Some suggestions.

(UPDATE at the Bottom…) It’s very welcome news that Amanda Spielman is going to support an Ofsted ‘research push’ as reported here in Schools Week.  The publication of results of an initial trial is a step in the right direction. In my ‘Gimme some truth‘ blog at the end of 2014,  I complained about the … Continue reading

Putting the OfSTED Framework to good use.

Recently we ran a useful OfSTED planning session with my SLT and some key governors to prepare the ground for next year.  We’re hugely likely to be inspected and we thought that, with new governors and refreshed SLT, it was time to revisit the framework together.  I take pride in our stance on OfSTED – … Continue reading

OfSTED Outstanding. The Grade Descriptors.

I’ve expressed my views before on OfSTED including the over-arching reliability question and the validity of judgements around the Outstanding/Good boundary.  In the real world OfSTED marches on but, thankfully, continues to reform and professes to operate in a more enlightened fashion.  Sean Harford explains key changes applicable to Good schools here: “The best way … Continue reading

OfSTED Outstanding? Just gimme some truth.

I’m sick and tired of hearing things From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics All I want is the truth Just gimme some truth I’ve had enough of reading things By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians All I want is the truth Just gimme some truth I’m sick to death of seeing things From tight-lipped, condescending, mamas little … Continue reading

Keeping up with OfSTED’s Goalposts. What SLTs should do.

My post on Thursday, Meeting OfSTED: The Game has Changed has blasted all my previous blog stats out of the water, heading for 50,000 views in three days. (Update: Now 80,000)  It’s been an astonishing few days of questions and queries about the real meaning of what is going on.  Mike Cladingbowl has published a … Continue reading

Meeting OfSTED: The Game has Changed.

This post follows on from the excellent accounts from David Didau (@LearningSpy)  and Ross McGill (@TeacherToolkit) about our meeting with Mike Cladingbowl at OfSTED HQ on Tuesday this week. (Update: Shena Lewington (@ClerktoGovernor) and Tom Bennett have now also written accounts of the meeting.) For me, this was the second time I’d met Mike Cladingbowl, … Continue reading

Evaluating and Improving our Practice: A Paradigm Shift

In the last week, a series of events and meetings at my school signalled collectively that we’ve turned a corner with our view of some key processes. How we evaluate and improve the quality of teaching overall. The role of lesson observations The way we regard our action research activities as a feature of self-evaluation and … Continue reading

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