I am particularly proud of the partnership arrangements between my school and two local universities. Half my staff have given up their own time to attend a series of evening mentoring courses. We commit a considerable amount of time and expense to ensure that we give the students who train with us as much support as possible.
I was surprised therefore that our recent draft OFSTED report made no mention of this. When I queried this with our inspector, he informed me "there is no box to put this information in using the current framework".
Even if this is true, what a chance OFSTED is missing to give a clear signal of the value and importance it attaches to effective partnerships between schools and universities. Especially as I know that one of our universities lost 20 student placements last term due to schools withdrawing due to pending OFSTED inspections.
M J BARKER. Headteacher. Bispham Drive Junior School. Toton, Nottingham