Tes Editorial

This town is big enough for the both of us…

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We’ve reached the last-chance saloon for the troubled cowboy of the education world, says teacher JL Dutaut. Ofsted – which, depending on who you talk to, can be either the good, the bad or the ugly – needs to step up and save its bacon after shooting itself in the foot last week.

Trouble started many moons ago for the inspectorate and its sheriff, Amanda Spielman, made things worse after admitting that 500 schools in the UK are ‘stuck’ in the categories of ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. They have been since 2005.

What does this tell us about Ofsted’s effectiveness as a driver of ...

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