OFSTED lagging behind teachers;Letter

19th February 1999 at 00:00
LISTENING to Chris Woodhead on Radio 4's Today programme on February 9 I begin to wonder if I am missing something. Four per cent of the teaching force (15,000 teachers) are judged unsatisfactory, so presumably 96 per cent are satisfactory or better. An indictment of the teaching profession?

Contrast this with Mr Woodhead's defence of the OFSTED system - that 80 per cent of headteachers, according to a MORI poll, are satisfied with the inspection system, presumably 20 per cent of inspections were unsatisfactory in some respect - a ringing endorsement of the system.

Am I missing something here?

Len Newton, 11 Forest House Lane, Leicester Forest East, Leicester

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