Ian Pryce

Raising the stakes on attitudes does us no favours

Inspections that grade students’ behaviour may be well-meaning, argues Ian Pryce, but colleges are not schools, and the results are likely to be perverse

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Last weekend, I was invited by friends to dinner. I was pleased to inform my hosts that I thought they responded well to my input on the best wine to serve with each course but found their attitude to my helpful instructions on how better to stack the dishwasher deeply disappointing. There really isn’t any excuse for that sort of language when receiving expert and constructive feedback. It is a good job they are not currently students in a college.

Tes recently reported the intention of Ofsted to begin judging and grading the behaviour and attitudes of our students. While most of us think our ...

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