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Ofsted: judged and found wanting

Schools inspectorate Ofsted is often accused of being far too close to government. It has just published the full set of reports on England's first 24 "free" schools, an unprecedented joint release that - surprise, surprise - has given the education secretary the opportunity to make bold, contentious claims about the success of his initiative. For those of us sceptical of Ofsted's independence: QED (quod erat demonstrandum), which the Latin scholars of a free school may understand.

Colin Richards, Spark Bridge, Cumbria.

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