OFSTED's record is questionable

4th December 1998 at 00:00
Chris Woodhead raises the question: how accurate is the Office for Standards in Education data on school and teacher performance?

A recent survey of our members found OFSTED's inspections "inconsistent", with many inspectors lacking relevant experience of the sector they were inspecting and wide inconsistencies between teams. Members reported that while lesson documentation was examined, there was, in some cases, little or no observation of actual lessons.

Kay Driver

General secretary Professional Association of Teachers Derby

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