just a thought we had today. Would ofsted work better if it used "real" teachers that are current practicioners? perhaps after 5 years service you can be called for HMI duty and do 2 weeks of so (about 4 -5 inspections) You'd see other schools, watch others teach, pick up ideas and give proper advice when you see unsatisfactory things or suggest improvments. Surely it'd be better than some old codjers who haven't taught for a decade and are trained by idiots who couldn't teach sucessfully in the first place so became inspectors? You'd probably need one full time inspector to write the report and lead the team e.t.c. but everyone else could be "called up" Thoughts???