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New students, new year… now time for a new Ofsted

Questions about the role of Ofsted have been percolating nicely for some time in Westminster

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Welcome back! Pencils sharp? Highlighters deliciously fresh? Shoes shiny? Even for the most cynical of us academy CEOs, the new year starts with a certain frisson. The interminable, grinding headache and the aching face from the rictus grin as we try to reassure colleagues, in a tone that is a touch too high and just a bit too jolly, that the exam results will “all be fine!” are long gone. And instead, there is an electricity in the air and jittery butterflies in the stomach.

This is how you feel if you love schools. If, despite all the outrageous policy issued from on high (note, not just ...

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