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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 11:18 am 
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It's being proposed to abolish Ofsted inspections for Outstanding schools and concentrate on those who really need it. What do you think?


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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 11:20 am 
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well - I am quite glad to see that they will stop being inspected but how long is it reasonable to call a school an outstanding school if no one has looked for the last 10-15 years?


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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 11:21 am 
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I think: how will they know if standards then slip? They still need to be monitored, but maybe less rigorously.

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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 1:07 pm 
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Easy. Set a marker. Example - If GCSE grades drop by more than 5%, then no longer classified as outstanding and back into inspection regime.

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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 3:45 pm 
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But an outstanding school isn't just classified by its results though is it - what about pastoral care for a start!!

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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 3:49 pm 
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yes there is an "outstanding" (according to the banner) primary school I pass sometimes, not in a great area and rarely manages 11 plus passes but obviously manages to tick plenty of boxes to with trying and caring etc


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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 4:17 pm 
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Staff come and go. Cohorts vary from year to year. We have seen several schools go down from the heights of 'Ofsted outstanding', so it appears not to be well thought out if they do.


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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 5:36 pm 
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Crazy idea, I guess it's the first of many cuts we will be seeing :roll:


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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 6:04 pm 
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Crazy idea, I guess it's the first of many cuts we will be seeing :roll:


Well, I can think of things I would rather see ringfenced and protected from cuts than Ofsted inspections, and surely no-one is going to argue that we don't need cuts?


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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 6:15 pm 
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In 2007 -2008 there were around 14% outstanding school and now its down to about 8% which shows stanrads do slip. What else are we going to use assess school? Ofsted isnt the be all but its a start and I will be dissapointed to see them go simply because a school ticked the right boxes.

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