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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

OfSTED and School Self-Evaluation
OfSTED and school self-evaluation

The Office for Standards in Education is a powerful and confident organisation that has achieved a great deal during the period of the first round of school inspections (see Chapter 2). Its system of external inspection cannot be altered in fundamental ways without changing the provisions of the 1992 Education Act, but it has nevertheless evolved and improved year by year in response to criticism and to changes in the curriculum (OfSTED, 1997a; 1999d). It is, however, strangely ambivalent about self-evaluation and has resisted suggestions that it should be developed as an integral part of the inspection system. It seems to wish to contain the pressure for its introduction as an aspect of the formal inspection process by ...

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