Home Archived This town is big enough for the both of us… Back This town is big enough for the both of us… 9th November 2018, 12:00am Tes Editorial Share This town is big enough for the both of us… https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/town-big-enough-both-us Copy Link We've reached the last-chance saloon for the troubled cowboy of the education world, says teacher JL Dutaut. Ofsted - which, depending on who you talk to, can be either the good, the bad or the ugly - needs to step up and save its bacon after shooting itself in the foot last week. Trouble started many moons ago for the inspectorate and its sheriff, Amanda Spielman, made things worse after admitting that 500 schools in the UK are 'stuck' in the categories of 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate'. They have been since 2005. What does this tell us about Ofsted's effectiveness as a driver of school improvement? In short: they're failing, says Dutaut. The only shot they've got at surviving is to ditch the existing Ofsted categories as soon as possible. In its place, they should take on this framework: • Make the reports formative by identifying strengths and areas for improvements. • Before leaving the school, agree a date for inspectors to return based on the perceived urgency of the improvements needed. • Spend the time between leaving and returning brokering support from the community and other schools, instead of leaving leadership teams to ride through the hot, deserted planes of school improvement consultancy. • Take some ownership of the results. Dang it, says Dutaut, it's exactly what's expected of us all anyway. A refocus of positions would mean that instead of the constant shootout between teachers and the inspectorate, everyone can ride off into the sunset together. Or at least, drink next to one another in the saloon without starting a mass brawl. You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month Register for free to read more You can read two more articles on Tes for free this month if you register using the button below. Alternatively, check if your school has a Tes subscription. If not, for just £5 per month you can subscribe personally for: Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content Exclusive subscriber-only articles Email newsletters Register Subscribe now Already registered? Log in You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month Subscribe to read more Check if your school has a Tes subscription. If not, for just £5 per month you can subscribe personally for: Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content Exclusive subscriber-only articles Email newsletters Subscribe now Written by Tes Editorial Share This town is big enough for the both of us… https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/town-big-enough-both-us Copy Link Read more New Magazine Experience New Magazine Experience • 18th November 2021 How Quizlet can benefit new teachers Dan Worth • 6th September 2019 Make MFL planning a breeze with Quizlet Heather Martin • 9th September 2019 How Quizlet can boost English teaching and learning Lauran Hampshire-Dell • 17th September 2019 Recent Most read Most shared Ofsted to ask heads to resume inspection work Catch-up tutors run lessons for ‘ghost pupils’ 4 key challenges Scottish schools are facing this term PM: No masks in classrooms from tomorrow DfE phonics teaching approach 'doesn't work' Why early reading lessons need to go beyond phonics DfE phonics teaching approach 'doesn't work' Why early reading lessons need to go beyond phonics Do vocabulary games boost literacy?