The national programme of four-yearly school inspections was introduced in 1993, based on common criteria set out in OFSTED’s Handbook for the Inspection of Schools. Revised guidelines were introduced in February 1996, reflecting the lessons learned, and this book, originally published in 1996 articulates ideas that would have informed these revisions, including short essays by the Secretary of State for Education and Employment and the Education spokesmen of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.
Registered inspectors, teachers, researchers, parents, school governors, policy analysts and policy makers all offer their experience of the strengths, weaknesses and outcomes of the OFSTED inspection process.
The book is a companion to Improvement through Inspection? – Complementary Approaches to School Development by the same Editors, published and now reissued simultaneously.
Table of Contents
Contributors. Abbreviations and Acronyms. Introduction Janet Ouston, Peter Earley and Brian Fidler. Part 1: OFSTED Inspections 1. The Early Experience of OFSTED Vin Davis Part 2: The Handbook 2. Where Angels Fear John Fitz and John Lee 3. The Handbook for the Inspection of Schools: Models, Outcomes and Effects Janet Maw Part 3: The Inspectors’ Perspective 4. ‘A Fit and Proper Person…’ – The Training of Inspectors Carol Donoughue 5. Inspecting by the Book Christopher Bowring-Carr 6. OFSTED: A Registered Inspector’s View James Learmonth 7. Lay Inspectors: Insiders and Outsiders David Hustler and Valerie Stone 8. Value for Money: How Schools are Assessed by OFSTED Rosalind Levačić and Derek Glover 9. An Analysis of School Inspection Reports Jean Northam Part 4: The Schools’ Perspective 10. Schools’ Experiences of Inspection Sheila Russell 11. Secondary Schools’ Repsonses to OFSTED: Improvement through Inspection? Janet Ouston, Brian Fidler and Peter Earley 12. Teachers’ Perceptions of Inspections Nicola Brimblecombe, Michael Ormston and Marian Shaw Part 5: Parents’ and Governors’ Perspectives 13. Parents’ Responses to School Inspections Janet Ouston and Val Klenowski 14. The OFSTED Experience: A Governors’ Eye View Maureen O’Connor Part 6: The Political Perspective 15. Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Policies Gillian Shephard, David Blunkett and Don Foster. Concluding Note. References. Index.