Julia writes –
I was a school governor, and my school was getting in Ofsted advisors, and doing practice runs for an Ofsted inspection. So much time and money goes into pleasing Ofsted. The schools are all scared of failing, because the consequences are so great.
Also “satisfactory” is now deemed a failure. It seems to me that schools get deliberately failed for piffling reasons. Here is a post I wrote about Ofsted…
“Satisfactory” is no longer good enough. The school has to be good. So do the kids. The kids have to be good. Ofsted’s definition of “good”. That means obedient. Do as you are told. Phrases like “rigorous”, “relentless” and “core purpose” are used to describe how to be good. The core purpose is to please Ofsted, and that must not be deviated from.