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Schools: how did ‘accountability’ become a synonym for punishment and control? And can we change its meaning?

Melanie Ehren.  Educational accountability, as defined in scholarly work, simply means the extent to which schools or other institutions are held accountable for their behaviour and performance by others. Answerability for performance is at the core of this relationship, where

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Posted in Leadership and management

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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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