This thread was inspired by the good Friar on another thread - for which I owe him my thanks. As someone who has taught free from Ofsted for nearly 30 years (in England), and then endured sinister changes since Ofsted's inception in 1992, which include seeing excellent colleagues endure appalling bullying as a direct result, mental break downs and worse, I was this morning completely amazed that anyone (except some senior management or academy related business staff) might consider Ofsted a body fit to overlook state educataion. Naturally, I might well be wrong. Ofsted might have turned a corner, seen the errors of their ways, and now be supportive in the way that HMI were pre-1992. Observations welcome - and please cast your vote.