School self-evaluation, inspection and Ofsted

The NUT Edufacts sheet on School Inspection provides an outline of some key issues.

A short briefing paper on Ofsted (Terry Wrigley) brings together important information and sources concerning Ofsted’s

  • origins
  • unreliability
  • interference in policy questions
  • impact on teaching

and the alternative of well supported school self-evaluation.

John Macbeath is internationally known as an expert in school evaluation. In a short chapter written for our pamphlet, How good is our classroom? Teachers taking back responsibility he contrasts consequences of the high-stakes Ofsted regime with the self-critical enquiry associated with self-evaluation.


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