Not following the leader
Mr Phillips makes the mistake of assuming that Chris Woodhead and OFSTED are one and the same thing. This is a mistake which Mr Woodhead often made himself.
OFSTED is an organisation whose inspections can be of great use to schools, and schools naturally wish to celebrate good OFSTED reports, or the good aspects of a poor reort. After all, celebrating the good is the principle applied to teaching children.
Sadly, Mr Woodhead will continue to shout at us via the Daily Telegraph, and across the country local newspaper editors will continue to pick out any remotely critical aspect of an OFSTED report, which they will publish to damn and harm schools in their areas.
In my experience, this is not the way of OFSTED inspectors. I have always found them strong in their desire to see schools improve, and some have been quite candid in criticism of their leader.
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