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This book looks at the relationship between school inspection and school improvement. The authors show how heads have used inspectors' reports to put in place real school improvement. They deal with the contexts of inspection and comparisons are made with the Australian experience of school self-review. The book focuses on how schools have developed a culture of self-inspection. The authors consider the system of OfSTED inspections and ask how beneficial inspection has been in encouraging schools to develop and improve. They suggest there is need for a change and that there are alternative approaches to school assessment and improvement, which could be more effective. They argue that the school's own evaluation processes sh
Chapter 1: Inspection and Self-Inspection
Inspection and Self-Inspection
Previous generations of school teachers believed that they should be left alone to get on with the business of teaching behind the closed doors of their classrooms. Geer, for example, in a discussion about the attractions of teaching which was first published in the late 1960s, noted that there was still ‘something of the lonely eminence of the classroom’ and suggested that one of the advantages of membership of the teaching profession was that: ‘visibility of performance is low and few people believe we have learned as yet how to measure teaching ability’ (1968, p.7). It is difficult to see how a system that allowed so much personal and professional autonomy could combat inertia, encourage improvements or provide any guarantee ...