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‘The language of the book is accessible to those who are not involved in education. The 14 chapters describe and evaluate the impact of OfSTED inspection, presenting the cases for external and self-assessment’ - Mentoring & Training

School inspection under OfSTED continues to generate discussion and controversy. This book contributes to the wider debate about the role and function of OfSTED inspection, particularly as it relates to school improvement and raising standards.

What do we know about the impact OfSTED is having on schools, particularly in terms of their development? Is inspection leading to school improvement? What is the impact of inspection on the average school? This book focuses on the impact of OfSTED inspection, and what happens to schools after their inspection. Does inspection help raise standards? What are the consequences of inspection for successful schools?

Inspection and the School Improvement Hoax
Inspection and the school improvement hoax
PeterLonsdale and CarlParsons

This chapter fundamentally questions the ability of OFSTED to fulfil its mission of ‘improvement through inspection’. There are three grounds for asserting this, and the intentional lack of transparency is the justification for calling it a hoax. First, the position occupied by OFSTED in the educational administrative and political structures of England and, with small differences, Wales, and the remit given it by DfEE, render the inspection process illegitimate and disqualifies the agency itself from playing a supportive and developmental role. Secondly, the content of reports and the reporting requirements, as set out in the handbook for inspection, are oppositional in character despite their claim to represent best practice and high standards. ...

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