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Will the leopard change its spots? A new model of inspection for Ofsted

Frank Coffield,  Does Ofsted do more harm than good? I have examined the evidence which shows that, despite some clear benefits of inspection, Ofsted’s methods are invalid, unreliable and unjust. A report from the Education Policy Institute, for example, concluded

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, Leadership and management, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Ask A Professor: is there an alternative to Ofsted?

Ask A Professor is an occasional blog by UCL IOE academics. From now on it will appear as part of the IOE London blog.   A teacher at the London Festival of Education this past Autumn asked about the Green

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Posted in Ask a Professor, Uncategorized

The election battleground: heat and light – and the basics

Chris Husbands The party conference season is over and it is election-preparation time: before the end of the school year, voters will have gone to the polls and a new government will be in office. There are sharp choices to

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Posted in Education policy, Schools

Birmingham’s ‘Trojan Horse’ saga: partnership and trust are what are needed now

Chris Husbands The inspection report is glowing: “This is an outstanding school… Teaching is outstanding overall… The curriculum is outstanding… Students behave exceptionally well in lessons…” In 2013, 75% of all its pupils attained five GCSEs grades A*-C including English

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Posted in Chris Husbands, Social sciences and social policy

In Defence of OFSTED

Chris Husbands  No-one likes inspectors. The Daily Telegraph reports that TV licence inspectors are three times more likely to be attacked by angry householders than by angry dogs. In Montana, a furious meat processing company owner launched a physical assault

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Posted in Chris Husbands, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment