Martin George

The casualties of Whitehall’s long turf war over inspection

Schools weighed down by funding pressures and high-stakes accountability are now also suffering a ‘double whammy’ of inspections – and it’s all because of personality clashes at the top of our education system, reveals Martin George

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Your school’s recent Ofsted inspection may have been tough, but the leadership team has dusted itself off, rallied the staff and set off on the long journey to improvement.

Then the other “inspector” arrives.

Although Ofsted is the public face of school inspection, there is another organisation that visits schools, writes reports on their performance and tells them what to do to improve.

However, unlike Ofsted, the Department for Education’s regional schools commissioners (RSCs) system operates largely in private, and can directly decide whether a school stays open and whether its leaders ...

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