An interesting suggestion coming from the new Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman-
what do you think about getting rid of the grade 1 inspection outcome?
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Posted 30 June 2016 - 10:33 AM
Posted 30 June 2016 - 11:37 AM
I think outstanding grades do a lot of damage. Schools in particular sacrifice the well being of their pupils, particularly those with additional needs in order to achieve and maintain the holy grail of an outstanding grade.
Our local 'outstanding' school has a clear policy of hoofing children with additional needs out asap. They are very reluctant to make even small adjustments or offer TA support but they always seem to be finding the money to make improvements to facilities and resources. The outstanding nature of that school is very much a matter of opinion.
Motivated and affluent parents will move into areas around outstanding schools, skewing the pupil population in other schools as a result.
I worked in two settings when they were inspected very close together. Practice was awful in one but was changed dramatically to impress the inspector on the day. The other one carried on as normal. Both received the same grade. I honestly don't think Ofsted see enough of what really happens to judge anywhere to be outstanding. It is too easy to put on a show on the day.
I strongly believe that Ofsted should be looking at whether the place they are inspecting is fulfilling their role or not. If they are not, this is highlighted and changes are made as a result.
If parents ask me about Ofsted grades, I recommend that they view satisfactory, good and outstanding as the same and look very carefully at anywhere that has been judged inadequate.
Posted 30 June 2016 - 04:02 PM
Upsy Daisy - I agree with you and often wonder if the grades should disappear altogether?
I suppose though we all need to know those settings/schools who are inadequate if nothing else.
The whole school / education system needs a 'shake up'
Posted 30 June 2016 - 05:26 PM
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