Good teachers needn't fear inspection

13th December 2013 at 00:00

I agree wholeheartedly with Victoria Jaquiss ("Everybody expects the Ofsted inquisition", Letters, 6 December) that "there is more to life than exam results and academic success". But her solution - refuse to set exams and refuse entry to schools inspectorate for England Ofsted - is reminiscent more of an adolescent debate in my politics classes 30 years ago than of a considered professional response in the 21st century.

The flourishing, creative and outstanding schools I know do indeed address the personal and creative needs of every child, and are fully recognised by inspectors for so doing. Good, high-achieving schools do not ask all their children to jump through the same hoops. They strive to meet children's different requirements and play to their different strengths. They nurture children in many varied ways. Ofsted may keep many staff in a state of anticipation and self-evaluation, but is that such a bad thing? A good teacher can communicate their effectiveness not only to inspectors but also to parents, other professionals and above all their students.

Garry Freeman, Teacher and author, Leeds.

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