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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?

Responding to School Inspection: Focusing on Development
Responding to school inspection: Focusing on development

This is a case study of a comprehensive secondary school in the London area which was inspected in 1994. The headteacher welcomed the inspection as an opportunity to review the school's situation and to refocus development and improvement. The inspection was carried out by a team of independent educational consultants. The inspection was thorough and was well received by most staff. The key issues identified by the team set an agenda for school development. With the help of external advisers, including members of the inspection team in a consultancy capacity, considerable development has taken place, leading to improved standards. A further round of supportive consultancy has just taken place. This focused on ...

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