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Ofsted moves the goal-posts…yet again!

10 February 2012

Ofsted’s announcements seem to becoming an almost weekly occurrence. Not content with proposals to axe the rating ‘satisfactory’ and outline plans to carry out no-notice inspections in schools, the latest plan is to target ‘outstanding schools’.

Ofsted’s chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, intends to re-examine the 1,000 outstanding schools with ‘good’ teaching standards stating that “there needs to be a clear gold standard understood by all". These schools now face the risk of being down-graded.

Sir Michael has also said "It is important that outstanding schools should not luxuriate in their own outstandingness". So instead of excellent school leaders being able to relax and take a moment to congratulate their staff, students and other contributing partners on their success, they should instead be on a constant vigil to find and eradicate any sign of weakness. How disheartening. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for outstanding teaching in schools, but surely targeting schools with poor teaching standards should be the priority?

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