Ofsted's 'unsupportive' agenda provokes nationwide fire

11th December 2009 at 00:00

Tucked away on the back page, Mike Kent continues to shine a light of sanity on to the increasingly mad educational world. Last week's issue managed to include most of the current crop of pressures heaped upon schools: APP, league tables, curriculum revisions and, of course, Ofsted ("It's Ofsted - let's bolt the doors", December 4).

If the proposed NAHT Sats boycott also included a demand that Ofsted be reformed to provide more supportive inspections based on a real partnership with schools, I imagine the response would be nearer 100 per cent.

Mike's bewilderment at how the profession allowed this state of affairs to develop will be shared by school staff up and down the country, but the answer is simple. While the professional associations continue to be divided, teachers' professional views will be ignored. If ever there was a time for the myriad unions to get together and provide leadership and support it is now.

Alan Harding, Headteacher Birch Hill Primary School, Leppington, Bracknell, Berkshire.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now