Inaccurate judgement

18th March 2005 at 00:00
Professor Colin Richards (TES, February 25) says that Ofsted inspectors have been judging primaries for the past seven years on their adherence to the National Literacy Strategy. This is inaccurate. Inspectors assess teaching according to criteria in the Handbook for Inspection. Chris Woodhead made it clear to the first director of the NLS that Ofsted's job was to evaluate the strategy, and not to enforce it.

John Bald

Registered inspector

7 Symonds Lane, Linton, Cambs

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