Tag Archives: Michael Wilshaw

The OFSTED Christmas Message: more Fear than Cheer.

In January 1996, at the age of 22 I landed my first proper teaching job in Smethwick, an economically deprived, multi-cultural area of the West Midlands. A lovely school with a tough catchment. Early on, I remember a particularly confident, … Continue reading

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School Management Makes Teaching Impossible

“So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.” (Peter F Drucker) If you have read any of my blogs of recent months, then it won’t come as very much of a surprise to … Continue reading

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Ofsted: The Medicine That Kills.

Last month, Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of OFSTED had this to say about Children’s Services in Birmingham: “…These characteristics of failure have been encapsulated in one area in particular, England’s second city: Birmingham. What is shocking is that this is … Continue reading

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Is Michael Gove Lying to Us All?

There is no doubt about it: I have spent long enough ranting about both the internal and external inspection systems in schools.  I think prior readers will by now have realised, maybe even appreciated, my views on the whole disgraceful, … Continue reading

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