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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

‘Failing’ Schools and the Inner City
‘Failing’ schools and the inner city

One of the possible outcomes of an OfSTED inspection is the decision that a school is ‘failing’ or is likely to fail to provide an acceptable standard of education. Such schools are said to be ‘in need of special measures’. Our Nuffield Foundation funded research projects were never intended to be studies of ‘failing’ schools; in fact we argued strongly that what was needed were studies of the effects of inspection on all schools and especially those that might be described as ‘average’ or ‘typical’. As might be expected in a national study of inspection, some failing and seriously weak schools were found in our samples and indeed such examples were included in the ...

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