Some thoughts on the ‘Ofsted Style’

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‘Right.’ Mr Goodheart reclaims everyone’s attention. ‘I’d like to remind everyone about our push on independent learning. Remember that this is what Ofsted will be looking for, when they finally get here.’ He smiles in a way that suggests he doesn’t really believe what he is saying. ‘We simply cannot have a situation where teachers are teaching and children are listening.’ I sit up in my chair, not entirely sure if I’ve heard correctly.

Katharine Birbalsingh, To Miss With Love (2011)

Mmmn! That plenary really complements the carousel activity. Mmmn! That plenary really complements the carousel activity.

The chorus of approval from the blogosphere that has met Policy Exchange’s recent report on Ofsted, Watching the Watchmen, is well deserved. Summaries and judgments on its recommendations can be found here, here and here. In brief, Policy Exchange recommend a two tier inspection system of brief ‘Short Inspections’ concerned primarily with pupil achievement, and longer ‘Tailored Inspections’…

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