All we’re askin’ is for a little respect for FE

Katy Perry's hit Hot n Cold offers an accurate description of Ofsted's relationship with FE

“You’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no...” It’s unlikely that the introduction of Ofsted’s new common inspection framework was at the forefront of Katy Perry’s mind when she penned her hit Hot n Cold. But the FE sector could be forgiven for feeling similarly confused regarding the inspectorate’s true feelings towards it.

Under Sir Michael Wilshaw’s tenure as chief inspector, the approach could be summarised as “treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em keen”. But under Amanda Spielman, a more emotionally literate approach to relationship-building has led to quite the love-in.

Spielman has ...

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