Ofsted: The end of the (lesson grading) affair


Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Back in 2011 I started to decide that grading lessons was wrong. I wasn’t exactly sure how to justify this decision beyond the fact that I could see how it warped teaching, made lessons unbearably superficial and put everyone thought an awful lot of completely unnecessary stress. Since then I have put together, what I feel is a pretty convincing case on why it is wrong (on every conceivable level) to grade individual lessons.

In December, after sharing these views with the thoroughly charming, ‘right-leaning’ chaps at Policy Exchange, I made this prediction: “Ofsted will no longer grade individual lesson with a maximum of 2 years.” This seemed pretty bold at the time, but events unfolded pretty rapidly after that.

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