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Ofsted ‘taking the soul out of school’, adviser warns

Ofsted ‘taking the soul out of school’, adviser warns

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A leading Government adviser has warned in an article in today’s Telegraph that Education inspectors are “taking the soul out of school” by promoting a tick-box culture in the classroom.

Teachers are being forced into delivering “very robotic” lessons to satisfy the requirements of Ofsted, said John McIntosh, a key figure on the Government’s ongoing review of the curriculum. He also warned that many head teachers simply focused on hitting GCSE exam targets and climbing official league tables at the expense of providing a rounded education for pupils.

The comments follow the introduction of a new inspection regime by Ofsted this year designed to clamp down on “coasting” schools and focus on key areas such as pupil achievement, teaching standards and behaviour – For the first time, any school previously rated as “satisfactory” will now be ordered to improve.

The league-table culture and compliance culture that Ofsted has brought in to the system has taken the soul out of schools,” said Mr McIntosh.“There is very little in the Ofsted framework about the curriculum being something that embraces all the activities that go on in a school. We have go to change that,”

Do you agree with his comments? You can read the full article here

Modern Governor has recently revised its module Ofsted and Self Evaluation to reflect recent changes in the framework. You can see the module outline here

And find the e-learning module in the Legislation and Policy section of our catalogue here.

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