Originally published in 1996, the title of this book poses the question whether the motto of the Office for Standards in Education was an apt statement of its effects in practice. Beginning with the state of knowledge about OFSTED’s early impact, the Editors review the range of complementary approaches to school improvement – most of them driven by the schools themselves – that were in operation, alongside the OFSTED system of inspection at the time.
The major part of the book is taken up with the main ‘quality initiatives’ that were at work in primary and secondary schools – including Investors in People, Deming, TQM, partnerships, professional competence, strategic planning and effective governorship. Each chapter examines critically – sometimes with the aid of case studies of good practice – the benefits such approaches might bring to schools in their attempts to raise standards.
The book is a companion to OFSTED Inspections: The Early Experience by the same Editors, published and reissued simultaneously.
Contributors. 1. Introduction: OFSTED Inspections and School Development Peter Earley, Brian Fidler and Janet Ouston 2. School Improvement and OFSTED Inspection: the Research Evidence Peter Earley 3. Moving Together: a Partnership Approach to Improvement Louise Stoll and Maureen Thomson 4. Improving Secondary Schools through Organisational Development Keith Pocklington and Dick Weindling 5. School Effectiveness, School Improvement, and Good Schools Janet Ouston 6. The Deming Approach to School Improvement Tony Hinkley and Jane Seddon 7. Developing the Effectiveness of Senior Management Teams through the Use of School Management Standards Gill Cleland 8. ‘Investors in People’: A Consultant’s View Nick Zienau 9. Achieving School Improvement through ‘Investors in People’: Perspectives from the Primary Sector Marie Brown, John Taylor and Roger Whittaker 10. A Comprehensive School’s Experience of Working Towards ‘Investors in People’ Peter Thomas 11. Effective Governing Bodies, Effective Schools? Martin Corrick 12. School Development Planning and Strategic Planning for School Improvement Brian Fidler 13. Higher and Further Education Colleges: Approaches to Institutional Self-Review Frances Kelly 14. School Development, School Inspection and Managing Change Brian Fidler, Peter Earley and Janet Ouston. Appendix. References. Index.
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