ASCL leader Geoff Barton writes in Tes about the ‘busloads’ of school leaders being forced out of their jobs because Ofsted judgements undermind them: ‘…What we know is this: no Ofsted team tells a governing body to sack the headteacher. Our insights, as an association representing 19,000 school and college leaders, confirm that. Ofsted doesn’t dismiss heads. But we do know that far too many members of leadership teams – not just heads – often in challenging communities, often after far too short a time to make an impact on behalf of their community, really do lose their jobs when people lose confidence in them. Such outcomes are too often triggered by the mechanisms of measurement – performance tables, progress measures and, yes, Ofsted inspections. These are the catalysts for personal disaster. And, yes, you can fill a bus with them – in fact, you can probably fill several buses. It means that a terrible sense of fear stalks too much leadership, and for the chief inspector to say that we shouldn’t be so scared in a climate in which school leaders can and do lose their jobs on a fairly regular basis, is at odds with the harsh reality. This isn’t all about Ofsted. It’s about an education culture that too often seems punitive, too apparently unforgiving.’ https://www.tes.com/news/school-new...adteachers-it-part-unforgiving-accountability What do you think? Should Ofsted take all the blame for the prevailing culture of fear in the education system? Do you agree with Geoff Barton that the education culture has turned into a punitive and unforgiving system?