Bloggers lead the campaign to reform Ofsted

 

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At its best, social media can influence education policy – and spearhead reform. It is teacher bloggers who have led the campaign to reform Ofsted’s inspection regime.

Over the last year, we have seen massive, protracted and unrelenting pressure from teachers online to change how inspections work.

 

And it’s working.

 

Ofsted have agreed to stop grading lesson observations in all inspections from September. Their handbook now explicitly states that inspectors do not expect to see any records of graded lesson observations from schools.

Here is a collection of hundreds of blogs from over 40 teachers, school leaders and researchers in the education blogosphere who are putting pressure on OFSTED to accelerate reform.

 

Old Andrew

 

David Didau

 

Tom Bennett

 

Cazzypot

  

Harry Fletcher Wood

 

Stuart Lock

 

Jack Marwood

 

Pragmatic Reform

 

Solo contra tutti

 

Alex Quigley

 

Daisy Christodoulou

 

Robert Peal

 

Tom Sherrington

 

Rob Coe

 

Miss Cox

 

Ross Morrison McGill

 

The Guardian’s Secret Teacher

 

Sam Freedman

 

Andy Lewis

 

Shena Lewington

 

Kit Andrew

 

Jonathan Simons

 

Jo Facer

 

Loic Menzies

 

Stephen Tierney

 

Angry ex-teacher

 

Dave Harris

 

Micon Metcalfe

 

The Primary Head

 

Steve Philp

 

L. Mason

 

Heather Lett

 

Data Fiend

 

Martin Robinson

 

Michael Tidd

 

Ritchie Gale

 

Joanna Williams

 

Mark Melaney

 

Gethyn Jones

 

Michael Fordham

 

Harry Webb

 

William Lau

 

Heather F

 

Unseen Flirtations

 

Clare Collins

 

Now, above all, is the time to keep up the pressure. The education blogosphere is organising. We, the teachers, are reclaiming our profession. The momentum is rising. The next campaign target is to stop Ofsted grading teaching altogether.

 

If we sustain it, radical reform of the inspection regime is within reach.

About Joe Kirby

English teacher, education blogger
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5 Responses to Bloggers lead the campaign to reform Ofsted

  1. mroberts1990 says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I think that teachers today have more power over educational change then they ever have, and it can only increase from here! https://mroberts1990.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/teacher-voice/

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  4. Angus Walker says:

    I actually believe that the issue is deeper than the way Ofsted carries out inspections. It is more to do what we as a society believe inspections are for. The problem is that, if you take the analogy of inspectors as being like doctors carrying out investigative tests on our State institutions, then what treatment or support are offered when suspected disease is discovered (and broadcast to the world)? I wrote on this a couple of weeks ago: http://theyweewords.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/ofpiss-role-of-inspectors-in-public.html

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