It’s Time to Tell Ofsted What You Think

We believe it is important that, as a profession, we make an informed and balanced response to the draft Inspection Framework and Handbook documents.  We are aware of the heavy workload colleagues are carrying hence this summary; you may wish to use a number of the points below, edited as appropriate, in your reply.  Continue reading


Response to Ofsted’s Draft Education Inspection Framework

The following Executive Summary has been produced by Headteachers Roundtable in Response to Ofsted Draft Education Inspection Framework.  We’re interested in people’s thoughts which can be sent to; we’ll read them all but it is unlikely we will be able to respond (apologies in advance).     Continue reading

“SNOW” by Keziah Featherstone (@keziah70; Blog 17 2018-19)

I love snow; it is my favourite type of precipitation. I rarely feel as peaceful as when crunching through piles of the stuff, tinglingly cold and somehow quietening the world. Even though the itinerary was stupidly rushed, I’ve spent three nights of my half term break in Iceland, gobbling up the snowy lava fields and glaciers. Beautifully refreshing. Continue reading

“Living And Leading Without The Badge” by @BarlowCaroline; Blog 16 2018-19

There’s a story in our family which everyone loves as it proves how difficult I was as a child. It involves me being thrown out of The Brownies. The 8-year-old me, resplendent in brown and yellow uniform, apparently asked quite pointedly, why it was necessary for us to dance around a tin-foil pond when we could all see it was not real. Continue reading

“A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back?” by David Whitaker (@davewhitaker246; Blog 15 2018-19)

Ofsted, funding and all the other stuff that bugs us in special schools…

Sometimes it feels like it is a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Here, good battles evil and dark lords are moving around the galaxy imposing rules that seem to encourage rebellion. But rebellion is not easy and it feels like uprisings can be quashed at every turn by decisions that are made without thought or care for the people it impacts upon. Continue reading