Double standards exposed

17th November 1995 at 00:00
There have been several references in your newspaper recently concerning the objectivity, or lack of it, shown by Office for Standards in Education inspectors when carrying out school inspections.

I am the headteacher of a small primary school which was recently inspected by OFSTED. We were fortunate to receive a very favourable report.

Preparation for inspection involves the production of a mountain of paperwork so, after we had received a clean bill of health, I passed on all our documentation to a fellow headteacher of a similar school which was also soon to be inspected.

Imagine our amazement when two documents that found favour with our inspection team were roundly condemned by the team inspecting my colleague's school.

I would suggest that headteacher colleagues all over the country should share documentation wherever this is appropriate. In this way, the sham of the "objective" inspection would be exposed. Surely, if OFSTED standards are being applied in a totally objective manner, documentation that has been praised by one team should meet with the approval of any other team.

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