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Time to Scrap OFSTED?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by irs1054, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

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  2. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    Some excellent points made. I love the analogy between Leicester and Barcelona. I think we are a Leicester City school though at times it sometimes feels like we are Newcastle United!
  3. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    it was time several years ago. Perhaps we should plot expenditure on inspections and data etc against out international Education standing
    delnon likes this.
  4. Malaguena

    Malaguena New commenter

    There is no real data you could use to compare old and new. When it suits them, GCSEs were too easy, hence they have changed them to be more rigorous. If however it suits them to say "standards have gone up thanks to our constant meddling! Look at the increase in GCSE passes!" then that is what they will say. Yet we as teachers can't say " Look,GCSE passes have gone up due to our fabulous teaching". They went up because they were too easy remember? We can't ever win
    delnon likes this.
  5. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Established commenter

  6. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    It's long overdue of course.

    Although, Andrew Morrish is CEO and executive head of Victoria Academies Trust in the West Midlands.
    leads me to suspect he may have ulterior motives.
  7. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    but there are UN education standing tables. And our placings have plummeted since ofsted took over from HMI and university boards lost control of examinations.
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  8. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    While OFSTED we're grading local authority schools as failing and making them convert to academies the government loved them but now so many schools are academies and OFSTED are failing them the government has changed its tune.

    Wilshaw is dabbling in areas beyond his remit like pay for MAT chief executives and is generally getting too big for his boots. His latest wheeze for golden handcuffs for new teachers is outrageous. We don't insist other graduates work in the public sector for a time after training so why should teachers be so victimised. Anyway it's Wilshaw and his acolytes that are driving teachers from the profession to start with.
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  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Long overdue..

    How much damage have they do... how many schools and pupils failed by their incompetence.

    They'll never admit it, they'll pretend it's been an amazing success.
  10. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    That obnoxious woman De Sousa is being tipped the replace Wilshaw
  11. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Not with her baggage over Ofsted tip offs, lost meeting minutes, lost emails, unplugged servers etc. I suspect too many people know too much. I could even envisage a level of non-compliance. The investigation that "exonerated" her is toe-curlingly embarrassing. It basically says it couldn't prove anything because all the evidence was destroyed / lost / misplaced, call it what you will.


    Julian Gizzi, a partner at the Beachcroft law firm, one of Ofsted’s panel of external legal advisers, found that on the balance of probabilities three schools overseen by Dame Rachel de Souza, while able to predict a narrowing window in which inspections would fall, did not have such advance knowledge of the precise dates beyond the requisite half-day’s notice.

    In relation to one school, he confirmed that De Souza had improperly received the inspection date some weeks in advance, but that this date had then been changed – although not because a lapse of security had been discovered, as a previous internal inquiry had erroneously claimed. He said he had not found evidence of teachers being parachuted into any schools. Gizzi admitted his investigation had been hampered by a disconnected server at Ormiston Victory, where De Souza had been executive principal at the time of its 2013 inspection, which made its emails inaccessible. After publication of the review, Ormiston Academies Trust said it had suggested that it would be able to rebuild the older server if necessary, a claim denied by Gizzi.

    The review was also disadvantaged by the unexplained disappearance of senior leadership meeting minutes for the month of the school’s inspection. Gizzi further lamented that all the emails on the Inspiration Trust email account of De Souza, where she is now chief executive, dating from March 2013 onwards, had been “irrevocably deleted by accident in September 2014”, hampering his efforts to investigate claims about two of its schools, Thetford Academy and Great Yarmouth Primary Academy.

    Gizzi, who said he had found some “troubling” evidence, wrote: “The lack of these documents did hamper my investigation; however, the conclusions I have reached have necessarily been based solely on the information that was available to me.” At least three key witnesses had not been interviewed, the review said. A former PA could not be found; a teacher brought into a school to teach a lesson on the date of an Ofsted inspection had not been available; and a headteacher of Great Yarmouth Primary Academy, Bill Holledge, who had mentioned the correct dates of an Ofsted inspection in an email to De Souza 10 days ahead of formal notification, describing them as “likely”, had refused to give evidence. His wife, Tessa, is headteacher at the Inspiration Trust’s Norwich Primary Academy.

    Bousted told the Observer: “I am so concerned about the inadequacy of the investigation that I have written to Sir Michael Wilshaw asking him what are the explanations given to Mr Gizzi for the missing evidence, including the missing emails, the deletion of hard copy and paper copy of the SLT minutes for the relevant month, and the fact that key witnesses such as Dame Rachel’s former PA and the teacher who was allegedly parachuted in to teach a lesson were not available to be interviewed. My point is, given the lack of key evidence, how can Mr Gizzi possibly come to a conclusion that on the balance of the evidence there was no advance notice of the inspection? I am not saying there was, but how can he come to that conclusion when vital evidence is missing?”
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2016
  12. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

  13. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Careful Blazer, comments like that will get her short-listed.:eek::mad:

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