OFSTED's flawed methodology

21st November 1997 at 00:00
David Taylor's letter about the re-inspection of universityschool primary teacher training (TES, November 14) creates an elaborate smokescreen.

Of course universityschool partnerships have to operate approved quality control mechanisms to judge the competency of individuals. And yes, it is vitally important that only those with high levels of competence are licensed to teach.

But crucially, his letter neglects to mention the newly-adopted Office for Standards in Education methodology for judging teacher training partnerships.

This methodology is flawed. To demand "perfect" agreement between a partnership's assessment of middle-graded individuals and the assessment of the OFSTEDobserver is naive.

For the partnership to be threatened with failure because the grades of one or two individuals are not in exact agreement is unjustifiable.

Professor Peter Mortimore


Institute of Education

University of London, London WC1

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