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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?

School Improvement or School Control? Teachers' Views on the Long-Term Value of Inspection
School improvement or school control? Teachers' views on the long-term value of inspection

The claim that the public audit and benchmarking of educational quality upon a national throughput model can and should promote much needed school improvement has become central to political rhetoric and the very existence of OFSTED. ‘Audit’ and ‘school improvement’, ‘league tables’ and ‘standards’ have become commonplace and, some claim, commonsense notions within an educational arena widened by an information revolution and possibly market forces. Questions remain, however, of whether teachers themselves consider that OFSTED's much vaunted mission, ‘improvement through inspection’, is actually happening. Do teachers, as major players within this drama, think that improvement has been provoked or facilitated, ...

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