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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 Change in the Classroom: Rhetoric and Reality?
Inspection and change in the classroom: Rhetoric and reality?

This chapter describes the extent of implementation of different types of inspection recommendations in seven comprehensive schools one year after inspection, reflects on how various discourses have influenced teachers' responses to the Schools' inspection recommendations and speculates on the prospects for real change in the classroom. The term discourse refers to ‘all that can be written or said about a particular area’ of school activity (Layder, 1994, pp. 97–8). The employment of a discourse enables the speaker to deploy knowledge in such a way which claims to be the truth according to its own criteria and it can become the means by which power relations within a school and ...

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