Mike Kent's criticism of inspectors is outstanding

9th March 2012 at 00:00

Mike Kent is bang on the money when he says few Ofsted inspectors would be shortlisted for interview ("Failing the five thousand", 24 February). Although I have met many reasonable inspectors with a genuine interest in education, others, particularly in the primary sector, seem barely house-trained. Taking the lead from their new supremo, they arrive with a superiority and arrogance born of ignorance. Lacking any form of social grace, they adopt a bullying approach that would not be tolerated in any child. Having destroyed a school, they take the money and move on to their next victim. I would have more confidence in the regime if I thought the inspectors were actually teachers who could support and help colleagues aspire to excellence. Anybody can criticise and find fault - few can do anything to improve matters.

Richard Pierson, Former teacher, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire.

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