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What is a sensible alternative to the current Ofsted inspection system?

Imagine a world where inspection was more of an MOT-process, allowing organisations to meet a minimum threshold, have strenghts and areas for development identified, and then be given the time to fix them.

If you are reading this, I will assume you already know who Ofsted are; responsible for inspecting and grading educational institutions across England – a fundamental aspect of its role is maintaining standards.

I’ve spent the last 15 years writing about OFSTED on this blog.

An inadequate outcome was the final straw in my 25-year classroom career. The process damaged my mental health and destroyed the careers of many good teachers around me. Since then, there are now 135+ articles documenting available research on the pitfalls of grading schools and its unreliability.

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