Who inspects these inspectors?

1st December 1995 at 00:00
I wonder if the Office for Standards in Education has analysed its statistics to see if there is any inspector bias in the judgments it has recorded in primary schools?

It would be interesting to see if there was any correlation between judgments made about the quality of teaching and learning in whole- class lessons and the experience of the inspector who is making those judgments.

It does not seem beyond the bounds of possibility that the class sizewhole- class teaching debate is being influenced by judgments made by those with little or no experience of primary schools, but with a considerable background of whole-class teaching in secondary schools.

What proportion of OFSTED inspectors currently inspecting primary schools have teaching experience in that phase?

How many secondary inspectors come from an exclusively primary background?

Does the phase experience of inspectors make a difference to judgments?

Does OFSTED know? Does it care? Can it tell us?

DAVID HEPWORTH Moorlow Cottage Great Longstone Derbyshire

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