James Bowen

Policymakers must pass the accountability test

The latest Ofsted report acknowledges its role in creating a system that places too much emphasis on results. Now it’s time for a debate, says James Bowen

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I cannot recall a single occasion when an inspector vising my school asked about the quality of our music or art provision. I wish they had. I would have loved to have talked about those areas of our curriculum, to have looked through children’s sketchbooks and discussed the progress children were making in a wide range of subjects. Similarly, it would have been wonderful to explore how our history and geography curriculums were helping children to gain a better understanding of the world in which they lived.

Prior to arriving at our school, the lead inspector had poured over all our published ...

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