Points of view

10th September 2004 at 01:00
* I share Ted Wragg's incredulity about the Office for Standards in Education appointing itself to evaluate its own performance. At one level this is amusing - an organisation which prides itself on offering independent inspection "forgetting" to apply the same principle to itself.

At a more serious level, though, it reflects how all-powerful this organisation has become and how it can flout the laws of accountability it applies so ruthlessly to schools.

Because of the fear that is so prevalent within schools towards the power that Ofsted has, it can rest safe in the knowledge that it can praise itself without being challenged. How have we got to such a state of affairs?

Phil Goss

(Retired head)

22 Ruskin Drive

Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire

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