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SCHOOL INSPECTORS 'MUST DO BETTER'

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Chief schools inspector Chris Woodhead and his 12,500 inspectors will come under fire this week at the start of the...
Chief schools inspector Chris Woodhead and his 12,500 inspectors will come under fire this week at the start of the first official investigation into their methods, reported The Mail on Sunday (p11). Teachers, head teachers, education authorities and academics are preparing devasting attacks on Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, for the inquiry by the all-party commons education select committee.

A committee member who has seen confidential submitted evidence says the three-month inquiry is likely to be 'explosive'.

Next month the National Association of Head Teachers will hand over the results will hand over the results of a survey of more than 1,200 heads which reveals their main concern is the conduct of inspectors. Other concerns include too much unnecessary paperwork, negative reports and little or no feedback for teachers.

All schools - even those which received good reports - said the impact of the inspection process was 'devastating' and left teachers stressed and demoralised.
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