Reforming Ofsted: creating a slimmer inspectorate

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Critiques of Ofsted are widespread and last year must rank as the toughest year the inspectorate has ever faced (see Andrew Old’s blog for commentary andJoe Kirby’s blog for a collection of posts). There are numerous calls ‘out there’ for how Ofsted might be reformed, ranging from minor tinkering through to having the whole institution abolished. I would certainly not see the inspectorate abolished, but I would argue strongly that it needs to be slimmed down significantly. I want to use this post to explain why, and to give an idea of what this might look like.

One of the things that would need to be lost in a slimmed down inspectorate would be the judgement of the quality of teaching and learning in a school. The main critique raised of Ofsted in 2014 was that its tools for judging the quality of teaching in a…

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