‘Perfect book syndrome’ might not be so bad

The Quirky Teacher

Following the publication of a few articles and blogs on Ofsted’s proposed use of book scrutiny, I thought I’d have a look at their research and offer up a primary perspective. I found the reaction to the original proposal surprising, but I can understand why people would worry, particularly if they’ve invested so much in curriculum review. I understand now that Ofsted will just be using book scrutiny to check that what people are saying is happening, is actually happening. The collective worry was that if Ofsted did use book scrutiny to triangulate judgments on quality of education, then teachers and school leaders would try to manipulate what happens in the classroom in order to game the system to tick off the the book scrutiny criteria:

  • Pupils are building on previous lessons;

  • They have a breadth of knowledge;

  • They are making progress;

  • They have opportunities to practice what they have…

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