On the way forward for inspections
The general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association describes the proposed new Office for Standards in Education model as the "validation", but light-touch inspection, of a school's "thorough self-evaluation", but then goes on to admit that many schools will need to "raise their game on self-evaluation".
This will not be achieved quickly or easily in schools where an established "top-down" leadership style discourages admission of weaknesses or hinders wider staff involvement in honest self-review. The new Ofsted system will only work where the management culture of such schools is changed - it's a very real challenge to heads, too.
John Chowcat General secretary National Association of Educational Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants Woolley Hall Woolley, West Yorkshire