Five Reasons to Ditch Ofsted Grades


Five Reasons to Ditch Ofsted Grades


Some recent conversations have made me want to return to this theme.  I really hope we can build some momentum around this issue. Here goes:

I reckon that in 50 years time, we will look back at the current Ofsted-grading era as one of the big educational blackspots of history.  Serious educationalists and policy makers will laugh in knowing horror (much as they do now about VAK) learning styles)  at the extraordinary folly of a defunct inspection regime that involved sending a tiny team of people to schools they’d never been to before for a day or two to evaluate them against a massively long list of criteria and give them an overall one-word judgement.  All of this while also projecting a national illusion that these judgements made by different people were fair, accurate, reliable and consistent across time and across the nation.  And all of that alongside the delusion…

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