What have I learned from writing about Ofsted? Seven reflections

Improving Teaching

The Greenwich Free School Ofsted inspection happened in February.  It’s now May.  While the posts were re-drafted recently, the core of everything I’ve published was written in the spring half-term.  What have I learned since publishing?

1) People love reading about Ofsted

Andrew Old’s axiom, that a blog with ‘Ofsted’ in its title is sure of success, seems to have held: the site has been unprecedentedly busy.  I hope that it has added something to the discussion of inspections, lifting the veil a little, whether on the inside of a criticised school, the Evidence Forms of an observation or the thought processes of a teacher before, during and after.  However, I wonder about our priorities.  I’ll never forget a Metro front page from five years ago, of which this is a screenshot:

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Fear sells (I picked up a copy too).  It would be churlish of me to criticise those who have been interested enough to read my posts.  I think they were pretty…

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About gwenelope

English and Media Studies teacher in the wilds of Coventry, about to start my tenth year, which in itself is frankly terrifying. In the small pockets of free time I have have been known to do things like Tough Guy, circuit classes and swim often, very often. It is what keeps sanity near and insanity at bay.
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