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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

The Self-Inspecting School and the Future of Inspection
The self-inspecting school and the future of inspection
Why Change is Desirable

The research evidence seems to support the view that OfSTED inspections, despite the impressive achievements described in Chapter 2, have a number of significant limitations which, we have argued, ought to be given further consideration. Besides being expensive and time-consuming, inspections disrupt schools for considerable periods of time and distract teachers from the essential business of teaching their pupils. They create high levels of stress in teaching staff, inhibit improvement both before and after inspection and make it more difficult for heads and senior managers to manage their schools effectively. Six of these significant imperfections of the current system of inspection have been chosen to illustrate the ...

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