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Ofsted’s use of Artificial Intelligence: how smart is it to automate risk assessments?

Melanie Ehren. Ofsted has come under attack for its collaboration with the Behavioural Insights Team for using machine learning to identify failing schools. According to several sources (BBC and Matthew Reynolds), BIT has been trialling machine learning models that can

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Posted in accountability and inspection, ICT in education

OFSTED: we need a brand new model, not just a re-spray

Frank Coffield.  In September 2019 Ofsted will introduce a new Framework of Inspection and it has already begun to work on revising the current version. That timescale and the arrival of a new Chief Inspector offer the chance of change,

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Posted in Leadership and management

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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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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