Inspecting the Inspectorate: Ofsted under scrutiny
Anastasia de Waal (ed.), November 2008
Today’s cheap, short and ‘sharp’ inspection is by definition restricted to a superficial one-size-fits-all snapshot of school provision. Ofsted’s tick-box criteria, drop-in mentality and frequently poorly-trained inspectors prevent the inspectorate from truly gauging the quality of schools. This collection of essays by educational insiders, including a practising Ofsted inspector, sets out the weaknesses in the current school inspection regime – and the changes urgently required if Ofsted is to contribute to raising educational standards.
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