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Wilshaw - Ofsted can't afford the right calibre staff

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Shedman, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter


    "My concern about Ofsted is that because it's been starved of resources over the last few years they haven't been able to employ the calibre of people who need to go into schools to challenge what's going on."

    So are we judge the calibre of inspectors by Wilshaw's standards? A man who single-handedly demoralised and demotivated the teaching profession, turned schools into exam factories and ended the careers of many dedicated and committed teachers.

    Wilshaw, I've said it a number of times before but you are a has-been, a complete irrelevance and the best thing you can do is to shut up.
  2. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Couldn’t agree more. Problem is he never does shut up though.
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  3. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    Does Wilshaw understand the meaning of the word 'challenge'?
    Definition of Challenge
    (Entry 1 of 2)

    transitive verb


    2a: to confront or defy boldly : DARE he challenged his critics to prove his guilt

    I can't see any of this bold defiance in swanning around with a clipboard or mangling data.

    Presumably he's moving into politics and realised that saying any rubbish is better than saying nothing at all.
  4. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    Well said. Well done for your restraint.
  5. nervousned

    nervousned Senior commenter

    No sense of irony that guy.
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  6. Timothy_Blue

    Timothy_Blue Lead commenter

    Yes indeed.
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  7. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    Do you think the former **** will ever become a currently doing **** again?
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  8. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Are things any better when a person who has never taught is in charge?
    I wonder how many teachers are going to get their classes to analyse a newspaper article stating that modern-day Ofsted inspectors are rubbish-while they have a modern-day Ofsted inspector observing?
  9. sportyteach2

    sportyteach2 New commenter

    The problem with Wilshaw (and Gove & Morgan) is that all three need to be completely discredited for bringing the profession to it's knees. Furthermore, for providing the raft of [This comment/section/image has been removed for breaching our Community Guidelines/Terms and conditions] and failures that are fast revealing themselves before our eyes, now that accountability and practices are starting to be finally questioned.
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  10. install

    install Star commenter

    Didn't some just get a 10,000 pound bonus ? Ofsted need to go - they have caused so much stress for far too many. Why don't they just teach and try living on a teacher salary ?:cool:
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  11. Timothy_Blue

    Timothy_Blue Lead commenter

    Or just retire and let others get on with. It's not as if they need the money.
  12. drek

    drek Star commenter

    That has been the backward premise of every insecure leader.
    Everyone doing an actual job is rubbish.
    You need me and my organisation to straighten them out.
    You need to pay me big bucks to watch them doing their job, criticise them and come up with a million unworkable policies based on questionable judgements.
    That's what every parent wants....thats what every school leader needs to 'raise standards'.......apparently.
    And now.....my organisation itself is rubbish....You need me to etc etc.....
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  13. scilady

    scilady New commenter

    Nothing in education is funded is it should be: Special Needs neglected, not enough STEM teachers, neglect of the extremely bright and so on.
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  14. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    So it's basically down to greed; the people Wilshaw wants won't work for (probably more than) the sort of money that's available to the majority of teachers actually doing the job. Inspecting is less stressful, with less workload and no long term commitment to seeing things through in an individual institution.
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  15. Oldfashioned

    Oldfashioned Senior commenter

    Ofsted should be like jury duty for teachers. inspectors should be chosen from actual working teachers who will take a few days out from their regular school, inspect and then return.
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  16. simonCOAL

    simonCOAL Occasional commenter

    A lot of inspectors are current teachers from schools that got atleast a 2 at their last inspection.
    For our last inspection, the lead inspector was a head teacher from 100 miles away. She was really good.

    The idea that inspectors are all employed full time by Ofsted is wrong.
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  17. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    So "a lot" of inspectors are from schools with nice catchments in leafier areas.

    Just the people to advise those of us who work in much more challenging areas.
  18. Sir_Henry

    Sir_Henry Occasional commenter

    "She was really good."

    So are most teachers. What did she contribute to the pupils' learning at your school that is worth the time and expense of OFSTED?
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  19. simonCOAL

    simonCOAL Occasional commenter

    Can’t argue with that, because I don’t have the detail and don’t make assumptions.

    You’re right. It would be useful if they came from similar schools. I’ve worked in three areas of deprivation as well as leafy suburbs. Very often it seems like a totally different job. Different challenges.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2018
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  20. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Yes, and Ofsted judgements are data driven. Hence you have much less chance of a "good" if you work in a challenging area while teachers who can't hack those places or don't want to work in challenging areas are lauded as "better".

    Talking of assumptions... how many current inspectors are teachers from schools with a 2?
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