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Grade 1 Ofsted Inspections

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At the moment there is what you might call an Ofsted frenzy in education. The whole of the education sector is in fear of Ofsted. Our working lives are consumed by it. You can enter any staffroom in any school and someone will mention the inspectorate in relation to displays, environment and teaching in general. Most of us, if not all, are agreed that children should be at the centre of everything we do. The children, not Ofsted. The mantra from my HT is if there is no impact for the children, don’t do it!

To their credit Ofsted, with thanks to Mike Cladingbowl have taken huge steps to try and remove the fear factor and make Ofsted a more supportive process. Moves they have made include the removal of grading individual lessons and they are no longer seeking progress in a 20 minute lesson observation. They have also recommended…

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