Riddell, R (2015) The network round the school: Additional, Team and Lead Ofsted Inspectors and the work they do in and with schools in the ‘self-improving schools system’. In: BERA Annual Conference, 15-17 September 2015, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The network around the school - BERA 2015 Paper (Revised).pdf
Repository Terms Apply.

Download (408kB) | Preview
Official URL: https://www.bera.ac.uk/beraconference-2015


The paper reports the findings of a short series of interviews with Additional Inspectors. This arose out of a much wider project researching the developing schools ‘system’ or ‘landscape’ (Simkins et al, 2014) after nearly five years of the Coalition Government, due for publication late 2015 (forthcoming). Interviews in maintained schools and academies and local authorities had revealed a wide range of views of the background and competence of Ofsted Inspection Teams (echoed in, for example, the Times Educational Supplement, 2014). Further discussions with one of the current Ofsted Inspection Providers (until school inspections were taken ‘in house’ with effect from September 1st, 2015), and examination of the web-based lists of additional inspectors of the two others, revealed first some disagreement with this view but second the wide range of backgrounds from which current inspectors are drawn.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

This paper reports work in progress - citation by request only please. Feedback and comments welcome.

Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2015 14:47
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 09:19
Request a change to this item or report an issue Request a change to this item or report an issue
Update item (repository staff only) Update item (repository staff only)