A Tale of Two Interpretations: Ofsted’s expectations re-examined (FORUM 2)



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Publication date: June 1, 2016


Since September 2015 the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has introduced major changes to its inspection procedures and expectations. These are embodied in its handbook for school inspection. Ofsted claims more than it can deliver; in particular it makes impossible demands on its inspectors – in terms of applying both evaluation criteria and grade descriptors. It also raises unrealistic expectations of and demands on schools.

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