Creative message must get to Ofsted

27th February 2004 at 00:00
What a farce! Bill Laar's article about creativity losing out in school inspections (TES, January 30) highlights the total dichotomy between what the Government advocates and what the Office for Standards in Education expects.

Most primary teachers were delighted by the Government's "Excellence and Enjoyment", promoting, as it does, the broad and balanced curriculum which gives life to the development of the whole child. So far, so good.

But what does the Government expect from Ofsted? That a thorough assessment and judgment is made about the provision of core subjects in the curriculum. Foundation subjects? Sorry, no time.

Until the Government and Ofsted agree on their view of education, teachers will trust neither of them.

Bob Forster

St David's school

East Street

Moreton in Marsh

Gloucestershire

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