Education, Accountability, Ofsted


The changes to school inspections recently announced by Mr Wilshaw are very important, in my opinion*. I don’t know if they go far enough, but they are very welcome (especially phasing out Additional Inspectors, and significantly increasing the number of HMIs). Schools and teachers have been under a prolonged period (many years) of unhelpful pressure from the politicians. Teaching is not an easy job under the best of circumstances, requiring hard work and bags and bags of commitment. Over the last five years (at least) that pressure has been so intense that many good teachers have left the profession. How did we get to this position?

Education is very important. We want the best possible education for our children, and so does the Government (on balance, I think this is true). It matters a lot to people, and everyone is a stakeholder; therefore, it must (and does) matter to politicians…

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