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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?

Conclusion: Towards Self-Assessment?
Conclusion: Towards self-assessment?
The Push to Improve – Internal and External Mechanisms

Demands are increasingly being made on schools to demonstrate that they are effective and that they are improving. Pressure has been exerted on them to find ways of enhancing achievement, to raise standards and, for their own survival if nothing else, to attract pupils. Local management, open enrolment, the publication of (raw) attainment data and regular OFSTED inspections have all played a part in this sharper focus on school performance. The new reality facing schools is that they must improve but the key question is how? In simple terms, the school improvement debate can be seen as being polarised between those who advocate either internal or external factors as the most significant ...

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