Monday, 5 September 2011

Ofsted part 8: How could a purpose-led inspectorate effectively report on the quality of provision?

A purpose-led inspectorate of the type described here could report on the extent to which schools are reaching the high floor standard specified.

It could also provide detailed qualitative reports on innovative and exemplary practice, which is currently often barely acknowledged. To have access to such published information would be of great benefit to many stakeholders in education.

Where there is a clear argument for their being specific high standards to which schools could or should aspire, these could be provided by other agencies and quality assured and reported on by an education inspectorate.

Pages with lists of numbers would be lost.  Academic and political reviews of practices in inspection and regulation conclude that this would be beneficial to the quality of the services being provided by the organisations being inspected.

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