Inspection

Ofsted offers guidance on literacy

Ofsted’s latest literacy report talks of too little improvement across England’s primary schools and has been published alongside hints of an increase in the key stage 2 target. Suzanne O’Connell reports


What to do with our excluded children?

Pupil exclusion is a messy business with enormous implications for a child’s long-term prospects. Suzanne O’Connell looks at what the government is proposing for our most challenging children


A tale of 30 Ofsted reports

With its focus on leadership, teaching, achievement and behaviour, the new Ofsted framework is leaving no-where to hide. Suzanne O’Connell looks at 30 recent Ofsted reports to find out what lessons we can learn


Ofsted – a satisfactory performance?

Sir Michael Wilshaw has come in with all guns blazing. He has already announced the intention to introduce no-notice inspections, now he’s moving on to good teaching in outstanding schools. Suzanne O’Connell takes a look



Are lesson observations raising standards?

The government is calling for headteachers to observe more lessons as a way of driving up standards. Former headteacher Chris Quigley looks at the current techniques in place and asks if we are monitoring the right things

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