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CALLS FOR OFSTED TO BE REPLACED AND SCHOOLS TO BE LICENSED

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The office for standards in education has been criticised for being amateurish, anachronistic and failing to meet a...
The office for standards in education has been criticised for being amateurish, anachronistic and failing to meet acceptable standards by professor Carol Fitz-Gibbon of Durham University's school of education.

The TES (p10) reports that she is one of six authors of a booklet published by the office for standards in inspection, which calls for OFSTED to be replaced. In it she says: 'The fact that OFSTED has been allowed to operate without adequate validation is indicative of a serious weakness in UK education - the failure to understand and make use of this century's developments in the methodology of investigation.'

Proposals for a new inspection system which would give schools a five year licence were proposed by professor Ted Wag of Exeter University. He says that schools running well would be given the five year licence, to be renewed after that period.

Chris Woodhead, chief inspector of schools told the TES: 'I was delighted to receive this pamphlet and look forward to discussing its many ideas with my colleagues.'
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