My local primary has just been labelled 'inadequate' by a recent inspection. I do not recognise this description. It is a lovely happy community. My daughters are both doing well, they love their teachers and the head teacher, who I believe is a great headteacher and highly respected as well as loved by the children. Whenever I have been through the school, I have only seen a hive of learning, children happy and busy. Ofsted came in with a narrow agenda, failed the school on ONE criterion - 'below average attainment at KS1', and this meant all other achievements were totally irrelevant, and school had to deemed inadequate overall. Ofsted has become a poisonous and destructive arm of Michael Gove's privatisation agenda. The meaning of words has been skewed reminiscent of Orwell, so that any school that finds itself in the 50% below national average in any one area MUST be labelled inadequate, however fantastic it is in all other respects. Michael Gove is determined to find victims for his privatisation agenda. He cares nothing for the impact this kind of poison has on our schools and communities. I for one, am not going to take this lying down!
Gove is a horrid little shit and what he knows about education could be written on the back of a postage stamp and still leave room for the first chapter of War and Peace. I dread the thought of my children's school going for academy status. We have very good schools in our area and I dread to think what will happen in the future. The present govt. have no thought for SEN or children with other disabilities and they want a narrow, boring curriculum. What about inspiring children and giving them excitement and challenge within the curriculum.