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‘Dear Amanda … let’s make Ofsted a force for good’

Leading academic Frank Coffield writes to the new chief inspector to suggest how she can transform the feared inspectorate into a trusted catalyst of improvement

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When it comes to challenging accepted wisdom in education, Professor Frank Coffield has decades of experience. As Amanda Spielman settles into her role at the helm of the Ofsted, the eminent academic – best known for debunking the “learning styles” theory – writes a letter advising the new chief inspector what changes are needed to transform Ofsted into a “force for good” for FE and the wider education system.

Dear Amanda,

Congratulations on becoming chief inspector. I wish you every success, but I’m afraid this may elude you unless you ditch the current Gradgrind approach to inspection ...

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