Time to get a grip on the accountability arms race

In the absence of any clear leadership, academies now have to deal with too many bureaucrats

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Like it or loathe it, you knew where you were with Ofsted. They’d call up to say they were coming and you’d shit yourself. Oh, for such a simple life now.

Ofsted can still command control of a headteacher’s bowels at will. But there is now a burgeoning list of inspectors, regulators and quangocrats demanding the attention of us poor academy folk.

The tussle between Ofsted and regional schools commissioners is nothing new. The willy-waving between the elders of our tribe – Sir Michael and Sir David – was taking on farcical proportions by the time the former retired. The latest chief inspector, ...

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