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Ofsted inspectors as consultants

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Vince_Ulam, Nov 26, 2015.

  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    A question recently asked by drama teacher Martin Robinson of Twitter-sleb TeacherToolkit on the contentious issue of book-sampling has highlighted not only its problems but also the invidiousness of Ofsted inspectors selling themselves to schools as consultants:

    When Things Go Mad: The Destructive Power of Ideas
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  2. drek

    drek Star commenter

    They go around helping managers to make teachers ljves hell and pay conditions worse, give meaningless lectures to beleaguered teachers, peddle whole school 'rubbish' strategies, and get millions for 'reforming' or rather completely mangling learning processes in schools. They fake data to prove it works. With fake control group nonsense!
    Sebastian Coe resigned from Nike over conflict of interest. Why can't education consultants be got rid of?
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  3. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    These groups play on the insecurities of Headteachers [who are some of the most insecure people in education, being sat at the top of a very pointy pyramid with the wrecking ball of 'results' swinging past annually].

    'We can save you from XY or Z'
    Like vampires 'let us across your threshold and no damage shall befall you'

    But really they just leech money away from the schools and into their coffers. [coffins ha!]
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  4. darklord11

    darklord11 Occasional commenter

    Ofsted inspectors, consultants etc are some of the biggest A holes in education along with Wilshaw.
    Few if any do the teaching job yet claim they have the remedy for success and continued progression.
    The whole lot are a bunch of con artists peddling s@it and have done so for almost three decades with grade inflation as their proof that everything is getting better.
    Pay them 20k a year and see how many are left.
    I hope these aren't the same 1200 of bolls that were sacked.
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  5. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    Education consultant = recently sacked 'Tribal' Ofsted inspector.
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  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    or failed teacher
  7. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

  8. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    We had a whole school CPD from a "consultant" 2-3 years ago. He claimed to be a practising teacher, turns out he did 1 day a week as SMT somewhere, he was also an Ofsted inspector and ran a company delivering CPD to schools on how to pass Ofsted inspections, I think he may have conducted "mocksteds" too.

    I'm sure in many other occupations the clear conflict of interests would not be permitted.
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  9. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    It always used to amuse me how many education consultants were in their early 30s and perhaps had decided to leave the school setting for something better. Why was that then?
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  10. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    Excellent link, @vince-ulam. To other posters--- If you haven't read it yet--do, especially if you teach a practical subject.

    I liked this bit:
    ''There is something far more important going on here, the original book look idea is a bureaucrat’s dream but it falls apart when faced with practical subjects. Either it means that subjects with a sizeable practical component will be asked to do more, unnecessary, writing or the system that has been brought in will miss the feedback given verbally and understood physically in, say, drama and PE. Will this result in teachers at the school putting too much emphasis on written feedback and ignoring the richness of other ways of teaching and assessing?'' (My italics)

    The twitter 'exchange' showed that the chap at teacherTOOL kit was aptly named.

    Here are some other barstewards.

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  11. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

  12. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

  13. drek

    drek Star commenter

    It all depends on perspective. The government ordered a 'hired' range of admin thugs to go into schools and help SLTs get rid of teachers via legalised methods of bullying and policified harrassment.
    They succeeded.

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