‘Inspection myths persist – it’s up to teachers to fight back’

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Earlier this year, Ofsted updated its “myths” document – the one that sets out what the inspectorate doesn’t look to judge in schools – with the intention of highlighting areas that are adding to teachers’ workload unnecessarily. Has it worked? Let’s see.

The document states: “Ofsted does not expect to see any specific frequency, type or volume of marking and feedback.” So can we wave goodbye to “deep” marking, highlighters and tick-boxes? Not quite. Despite it being neither effective nor compulsory, teachers are still spending hours marking. A teacher’s practice is still judged by what is ...

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