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Ofsted wants real life, not performance art

Excessive preparation for inspection hinders schools, writes Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman. Instead, the inspectorate will work with them to reduce the burden

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We don’t often greet the start of autumn with firework displays or the popping of champagne corks, but for most Tes readers the first week of September is probably far more significant than the start of the calendar year.

This week, more than a million parents will have that tear-jerking moment when their child goes to school for the first time. Hundreds of thousands of bright-eyed children will start secondary school, with all those startling new and yet to be adorned pencil cases (“I heart Man U” and “SWALK” – remember those?). More seriously, teachers will begin to put those months of hard ...

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