What Ofsted really want from a school library


I’ve read quite a lot recently from school librarians trying to get themselves noticed by commenting on what they think Ofsted inspectors want to see from a school library.

Some of it is quite laughable and unfortunately most of it is also quite naive, and doesn’t do much for showing the actual benefit of a school library or librarian.

Most seem to be so eager for an inspector to come and visit the library (the complete opposite from most other places in a school) that it seems with a hint of menace they state you should make sure they leave with something. This is done in what I can only describe as a passive aggressive, quasi desperate state where the ultimate goal is to receive some sort of recognition rather than actually show what benefit you have to the school. The types of things that seem to be thrust in…

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