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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 the Governing Body
OfSTED and the governing body

Before discussing the findings of our research as far as the inspection process and governing bodies are concerned, it is worth asking the basic question – ‘for whom is the inspection carried out and the resulting inspection report produced?’ In evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee into OfSTED inspections – whose main findings are mentioned in the next chapter – Pat Petch, Chair of the National Governors Council, remarked that she had never been entirely clear who the audience for inspection was, asking, ‘Is it actually a report for parents? Is it actually a report for the governing body? Is it a report for the headteacher?’ (House of Commons, 1999a, p. 36). Of course, ...

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