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OFSTED sacked 1200 inspectors

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kscience Sat 20-Jun-15 09:51:27

and super interview by Eddie Mair starting at 5:09 here

I am astonished that only the BBC has picked this up in the press.

Why is there no public outrage?

How many schools and pupils have been affected by these "unsatisfactory" inspectors?

Yarp Sat 20-Jun-15 10:00:10

Thankyou for this.

It has relevance to a school I know which was inspected by Contracted inspectors, two of whom were not teachers, and one whose behaviour on the inspection was inappropriate. Untold stress arose from that inspection.

All water under the bridge now, unfortunately

Soundofsettling Sat 20-Jun-15 10:03:51

Wow! I had no idea this was even a problem and I'm on a slow burn to fury.

I'm changing schools at the moment and this means I cannot be sure the Ofsted assessment is accurate - which is pretty much the only comprehensive assessment of a school I can lay my hands on!

honeysucklejasmine Sat 20-Jun-15 10:05:55

shock Holy shit!

clam Sat 20-Jun-15 10:07:32

"this means I cannot be sure the Ofsted assessment is accurate"

T'was always the case. I wouldn't ever have taken notice of what Ofsted said. The system has always been hugely flawed.

Whichseason Sat 20-Jun-15 10:12:50

Ofsted has never been reliable. Certainly up to a couple of years ago there were still many inseptor who had never been teachers, I am unsure if this has improved. We were inspected in May and they certainly did and said things which Ofsted official says should not happen.

OTheHugeManatee Sat 20-Jun-15 10:16:24

They should set up an independent Office for Standards in Standards in Education, or Ofstested, to ensure regular inspections of the inspections.

Of course this body would need monitoring by Ofstestested though, to ensure standards.

Yarp Sat 20-Jun-15 11:11:00

OT. Indeed grin

exLtEveDallasNoBollocks Sat 20-Jun-15 11:22:20

OFSTED has always been a load of bollocks (imo). There is a school near me that was outstanding in 2006 and hasn't been inspected since. In that time it has had 4 new headteachers (one of whom killed herself), the whole staff has changed and kids are leaving in droves.

And yet someone that doesn't know the area or the school will see that it's still 'outstanding' and believe it.

Myfoofneedspruning Sat 20-Jun-15 11:33:22


meglet Sat 20-Jun-15 11:48:53

saw this on the news yesterday. very interesting.

Yarp Sat 20-Jun-15 11:51:39

So what redress for those schools that have suffered from the findings of these dodgy teams?

I could say a lot more..

PiqueABoo Sat 20-Jun-15 12:47:30

"Why is there no public outrage?"

Because it's been like for a long while now and this is a very clear sign of a serious attempt to fix it?

Would you prefer nothing? Defensive reassurances that everything is fine and dandy?

I'm pleased by this and some other changes they have made. It's a pity it took them so long, but Wilshaw clearly isn't that sophisticated and mistakenly thought a few speeches and memos would be enough to transform the ranks.

CamelHump Sat 20-Jun-15 12:54:58

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PiqueABoo Sat 20-Jun-15 13:12:35

They don't judge lessons now though, do they? It's at least 18 months since they made some perfectly comprehensible noises about that.

CamelHump Sat 20-Jun-15 13:15:21

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PiqueABoo Sat 20-Jun-15 13:27:46

That's clearly not the same as judging lessons, although I suspect we'd agree that data can be delusional.

Have kept up with the details of the new 'light-touch' regime for September?

PiqueABoo Sat 20-Jun-15 13:28:26

Have kept -> Have you kept

CamelHump Sat 20-Jun-15 13:45:30

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CamelHump Sat 20-Jun-15 13:47:01

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LottySpot Sat 20-Jun-15 13:50:39

I think too many people take Ofsted too seriously.

CamelHump Sat 20-Jun-15 13:54:39

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springalong Sat 20-Jun-15 13:59:45

I recently had concerns about a school inspection (as a parent) and contacted ofsted to find out more about their process in a couple of areas (bullying and special needs provision). The inspector I spoke to was very open with me but I was quite shocked as to how superficial the inspection really is. It does mean that school is rated as good in those areas and they are quite simply not. My only option was to make a formal complaint.

LittleMissIntrovert Sat 20-Jun-15 14:11:16

OFSTED doesn't count much for me now, as at my kids last inspection it was outstanding about 4 years ago, we are well overdue an inspection and it certainly isn't outstanding now! Yet anyone looking at it will not know any different.

CamelHump Sat 20-Jun-15 14:14:53

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