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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 Inspection of Schools with New Headteachers
The inspection of schools with new headteachers

Some writers have concluded that the OfSTED inspection process is unnecessarily stressful because it takes too little account of the school's own evaluation of its progress and development and ‘diminishes if not denies the professionalism of teachers’ (Southworth and Fielding, 1994, p.176). Our research suggests that headteachers who regard themselves as ‘new’ do not feel threatened by an inspection and are more open to its possibilities as a catalyst for improvement. This chapter reports some differences between the attitudes to inspection of newly appointed and established headteachers and examines their consequences for staff. Its main purpose, in the light of these findings, is to continue to develop our earlier discussions of the ...

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