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Why Sir Michael Wilshaw is Wrong about More National Tests

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken In the most recent annual review conducted by OFSTED, Michael Wilshaw has once more come out shooting from the lip. There is of course an irony that as Wilshaw damns the schools of the nation for “mediocrity“, he absences …

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Dropping Your Tools and Avoiding Education Gimmicks

Do teachers and school leaders need to down tools to survive and succeed? Schools are incredibly complex places. We often use analogies that compare schools, and indeed the classroom, to emergency scenarios. Such language captures the sense of stress and struggle; many times have I felt as though I was languishing in a bunker awaiting …

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Do Schools Have OFSTED Stockholm Syndrome?

The OFSTED inspection team arrive! Not too long ago I resolved to not write anymore about OFSTED. Many people have written excellent critiques of the process, with recommendations to either reform or wholly jettison the inspectorate in its current form. I felt I had little to add I hadn’t already said. I was, however, sparked …

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Opening The Door On Our ‘Craft Knowledge’

My last post of the school year is a resolution for the school year ahead. There is no special philosophy, research or expensive equipment required. It is a simple focus on ‘opening the door’ more in the coming year. It is about sharing. Not just in the sense of sharing knowledge through blogs, Teachmeets or …

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The ‘OFSTED Uncertainty Principle’ and Holding Steady

  “I learnt this little performance trick in only twenty minutes!” “Outstanding!” My school is awaiting the imminent visit of OFSTED. No matter how sensible everyone wants to be regarding the matter, and I would like to think our school is definitely not responding with the hysteria I have heard attending other schools, there is …

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