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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 OfSTED Approach: A Perspective
The OfSTED approach: A perspective

The purpose of this chapter is to make the approach adopted by the book a little more transparent. It is not meant to be an anti-OfSTED treatise or a defence of the current system. We try to take a perspective which is critical yet acknowledges the achievements of OfSTED since the implementation of the 1992 Education Act which established the Office for Standards in Education. We see OfSTED inspection as a constant, controlling influence on schools which has had positive effects and also some undesirable and unintended consequences. We are concerned about the reactions of teachers to inspection, its effect on development in schools and the nature of the role that heads, teachers and governors adopt ...

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