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WOODHEAD DEFENDS OFSTED METHODS

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The chief inspector of schools, Chris Woodhead, defends Ofsted's methods for judging the performance of schools and...
The chief inspector of schools, Chris Woodhead, defends Ofsted's methods for judging the performance of schools and attacks the view that poor educational standards are inevitable in deprived areas, in an article for The Times Educational Supplement (p17).

He writes: 'I agree that inspectors have on occasion taken good test results in schools serving prosperous communities too much at face value. We may need to raise our expectations of such schools. What we must not do is lower our expectations of the inner-city school.'

He continues: 'I agree that benchmarks should not be taken as gospel truths, and I believe that the overall inspection evidence has to be taken into account. Benchmarking is not a science. The point, though, is that inspection looks at the totality of the school's work, taking nothing for granted.'
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