Our Poorest Children Need Help Now #FSM4Easter

Over the past few weeks, schools – their governors, leaders, teachers and support staff – have risen to the civic challenge of helping our country face COVID-19.  Amongst many challenges of their essential work, ensuring children from the most disadvantaged families are adequately fed has been at the top of their agenda.

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Time to Stop Supporting a Broken System? #PauseOfsted

“It is with much soul searching that I decided I could no longer be associated with, or represent, Ofsted as an inspector or advocate. As someone who used to publicly praise and support Ofsted I find I can no longer defend the many flaws I now see in the system” … so started the resignation letter from Dame Nicola Stephenson DBE.

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Viewing Ofsted from the Inside and Out by @Julespg #PauseOfsted

My first experience of Ofsted was as a teacher in 1996. In those days, the visit was announced many months in advance by ‘the brown envelope’, but the staff got to know about the impending inspection through the paint colour chart circulated to all classrooms, heralding the arrival of the decorators.

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If Not Now, When? by @robcampbe11 #PauseOfsted

It’s just two weeks since the Headteachers Roundtable summit announced its call to #PauseOfsted. In that time we have seen interesting and (some) passionate debate around the subject of education’s regulatory body.

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#PauseOfsted – Time to Go Back to First Principles

I believe that Ofsted has had a significantly positive impact in raising standards in schools over the last 20 years or so.  Expectations have been raised, mediocre practice has been challenged and schools that were letting down their pupils have been exposed.   Moreover, any system that gives great amounts of autonomy to schools needs also to have clear accountability procedures. 

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