Tom Starkey

You can’t win on all fronts without your troops’ help

‘Requires improvement’ isn’t a call for hero leaders. Change comes by delegating

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As any student will tell you, failing sucks. So when the failings of a college are made apparent through a negative Ofsted inspection grading, it’s never a happy experience. The consequences of being weighed and found lacking as an educational institution are extremely difficult to deal with, as low staff morale, finger-pointing, general upset, exhaustion and anxiety about the future take hold.

Although never the desired outcome, a negative Ofsted judgement does contain within it an inherently positive aspect: that of the prospect of improvement. Instead of a rock around an institution’s neck ...

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