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OFSTED and triple-marking

April 11, 2018

I’ve written a couple of posts recently about OFSTED (What OFSTED still needs to do and OFSTED and Workload) which brought up the issue of workload. I identified two problems in particular that relate to marking. Firstly, OFSTED look to see if school policies are being followed consistently, even if those policies add to workload. […]


OFSTED and Workload

March 31, 2018

In a recent blogpost I made the following comments about how OFSTED could change: Don’t add to workload. There’s a lot of debate about how inspections could prevent teachers having too much workload. If there is a practical way to do that I would be interested to know what it is, but ultimately it’s not OFSTED’s […]


What OFSTED still needs to do

March 17, 2018

It seems incredible to think how far the schools inspectorate OFSTED have moved on since I was writing about them five years ago. Back then they seemed to be little more than the “child centred inquisition”, a way of enforcing the correct way of teaching, and the correct way was always progressive. They were also […]


Will a behaviour consultant help your school get through an OFSTED inspection?

April 22, 2017

At the start of the year I wrote about my experience of Behaviour Consultants. Although I have known of decent people doing this job, there has been a real problem with bad advice from consultants and many teachers shared examples of this with me. However, just recently an opportunity came up to compare directly what a […]


Dear politicians, don’t mess up the chance to make OFSTED fair

July 7, 2016

I wrote previously about why I rejected the criticisms of Amanda Spielman’s nomination to be HMCI. The news that she would be appointed was the single best news I can ever remember hearing in my ten years as an education blogger and fifteen years as a teacher. And the latest news is that her appointment is […]


The #OFSTEDMyths Videos

January 21, 2016

A post to the OFSTED blog about myths yesterday, included three videos in which OFSTED luminaries sought to set the record straight about inspections. I thought I’d publicise them and, just in case you can’t be bothered to watch them, or your school blocks Youtube but not my blog (what are you thinking?), there is a […]


What did you make of this term’s OFSTED changes?

December 12, 2015

I thought I’d post now about the changes in OFSTED from the start of this term, mainly to see if people have noticed a difference. I’m inclined to view the changes positively, but it would be interesting to hear what others think. Please either leave something in the comments (avoid anything that might be libellous, […]


Do OFSTED criticise teachers who set the same work for everyone in a class?

December 8, 2015

My take on the recent history of OFSTED is that after Sir Michael Wilshaw tried to shift inspectors away from looking for the “OFSTED lesson style”, and to look for things like a failure to close the gap or for progress over time, some schools became preoccupied with looking for particular things in lessons. Like […]


Is this the most clueless OFSTED report ever written?

December 3, 2015

Before I start I’ll say that I do like to think OFSTED have changed. I am part way through writing a post about how a couple of recent reports said things that the OFSTED of old would never have said. Then, earlier today, this post on Labour Teachers drew my attention to a particular OFSTED report. […]


The OFSTED Teaching Style R.I.P. (Part One)

September 18, 2015

I can’t resist passing on Sir Michael Wilshaw’s latest denial of the existence of an OFSTED teaching style as it seems particularly clear. The chief inspector appeared before the education committee of the House Of Commons on Wednesday, and was quizzed by Suella Fernandes, MP for Fareham (who I believe was chair of governors at Michaela […]