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Ofsted judgements: are they a cause for concern?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Supporters of free schools have raised concerns about the accuracy of Ofsted judgements after research showed that some primary schools given top ratings failed to meet the national average for key stage 2 attainment.


    Are your surprised by the ‘shocking’ findings revealed by the New Schools Network report?

    Is it time to introduce an alternative to Ofsted inspections, and if so what would be an effective way to inspect schools or measure their performance?
  2. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    OFSTED judgements (if such a term can be considered appropriate) have always been a concerned. It is simply a case of degree.

    OFSTED needs to go. Whatever good it may (or may not) have done in the past has definitely been replaced by a considerable amount of damage it is doing now and will continue to do.
  3. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    Not sure why the supporters of free schools would be concerned, after all Ofsted recently announced that new free schools and academies would not be inspected in the first three years of their life. Which is all rather convenient, if you ask me.
    petenewton and HelenREMfan like this.
  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    It's to be expected that the NSN will talk down the schools against whom it has set itself up in competition, whatever the facts.
    snowyhead and Mangleworzle like this.
  5. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Schools are now in competition, any means of making a school appear better is fair game, expect academy chains to get in-house PR sometime soon.
  6. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Fell off my chair moment.

    Ofsted says the research is flawed as 50% cannot be above average by laws of maths and thus whole idea is bunkum.

    But, but, but, but.. I have so many buts about other flawed Ofsted derived mathematics and ideas that I am rendered speechless. It's as if Michael Gove himself said, you know, I've changed my mind. Academies and free schools are not a good idea.
    petenewton likes this.
  7. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Yes, Ofsted judgements are a cause for concern! The judgement is made long before any inspector crosses the threshold of the school and it is very difficult to change the mindset (good or bad) of that judgement, based on the data they have looked at.

    Everyone knows hopeless the system is, how damaging, how detrimental to the children it purports to be supporting in having an effective education. I've seen so many unjustified judgements, both positive and negative, that I cannot imagine how anyone can take them seriously at all.

    I have noticed though, that parents are beginning to take other things into consideration when making their own judgements about schools and are relying more on their own instincts, rather than the written word in a snapshot report.
    petenewton likes this.

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