Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives

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Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives

Post by JIM CURRAN » Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:41 am

Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives

The inspectorate has been widely criticised for demoralising teachers and stagnating school improvement. Is it time to ditch the watchdog? What else might work?

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Re: Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives

Post by kenm » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:37 pm

How can one find out about the qualifications of HMIs and additional inspectors working for OFSTED? I have found references to arguments concerning the training of inspectors of the teaching of SEN children, but the general qualification for inspectors seems to be experience as a teacher. In the UK this can be (and I suspect usually is) achieved without learning enough about the scientific method to be able to judge the validity of a research paper. This is likely to lead to inspectors recommending methods that may be an improvement on what they find but are not the best methods currently known.
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Re: Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives

Post by JIM CURRAN » Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:29 am

Advice for the next Ofsted chief: it’s time to scrap your job

Andrew Morrish worked as a schools inspector until he was told off for speaking his mind, and resigned. Now he is free to say whatever he likes …

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Re: Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives

Post by JIM CURRAN » Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:08 am

Hunt for new Ofsted chief inspector of schools reaches final stage

The government’s hunt for a replacement for Sir Michael Wilshaw as Ofsted’s chief inspector of schools in England has entered its final phase after the shortlisted candidates were interviewed this week.

Amanda Spielman, the chair of exam regulator Ofqual and a senior figure at the Ark academy chain, is a frontrunner in a field that also includes Toby Salt, the chief executive of the Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), Dame Alison Peacock, an experienced educator and primary school head, and Russell Hobby, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers.

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