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Graphically Exposing Ofsted Bias?

Over the years, Ofsted has consistently claimed that schools working in deprived or challenging areas – their pupils, staff and leaders – are duly recognised for the quality of work they do.  Often, using a graph very similar to the one below to justify their comments, they state how inspectors contextualise the inspection process.  My view is “leading a school with a large percentage of disadvantaged white boys is statistically a career-ender”.  Contextualisation is a myth. Continue reading

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Exclusive: Ofsted’s Latest Myth Busters #Myth1 – Consistency and Contextualisation

It was one of those accountability Twitter debates; I had deliberately managed to stay well out of it (despite being tagged in tweets) for about 48 hours; then my fingers itched, ire was raised and there I was again. Continue reading

Let’s Go Big or Go Home: Laying the Foundations of Workload Reform

Workload reduction isn’t one thing; it’s different things to different people.  Planning, marking, data and making resources could be a burden or a core part of their professional work; it may vary depending on the level of collaboration and extent of autonomy allowed. Continue reading

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