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Some school reports, no one will ever read

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In an effort to keep up with changes from the Department for Education, I subscribe to updates from its website. During half-term, I received no fewer than 65 emails. In among all the usual bumph of statistics and specifications, one jumped out at me: “What schools must publish online.”

These school web pages are the bane of my life. Thankfully, this particular change was a minor tweak, but like heads everywhere, I’m reminded that it’s not enough to run a good school and educate children well. We must also publish umpteen documents, never to be read, but to be closely scrutinised by Ofsted.

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