If 'satisfactory' goes, what's 'good'?

25th November 2011 at 00:00

No one in their right mind would argue with the aspiration that all schools should be good schools. However, no one in their right mind who knows anything about inspection would argue that changing the Ofsted inspection criteria to remove the satisfactory grade would make a major contribution to that excellent (I nearly said "outstanding"!) goal within three years.

But perhaps Roy Blatchford has only a satisfactory level of aspiration. Perhaps all schools should be outstanding within five years. But if all schools were to be outstanding, none would be.

Former HMI, Address supplied.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today