Although Sir Michael Wilshaw promised to get rid of unqualified staff when he became the Ofsted Chief in January, Baroness Perry of Southward claims that some inspectors have no teaching experience. Most inspectors are now freelancers and Baroness Perry, chairwoman of the House of Lords backbench education committee, said that some are ex-school secretaries or governors. Sir Michael has promised to root out inspectors who are failed headteachers or who have never taught, saying: “If that’s happening, we need to address it.”
Since Sir Michael took over, change in Ofsted’s classifications has resulted in a 50% increase in schools being judged as failing and one in 12 schools have complained about their inspection.
Meanwhile, Ofsted’s latest annual report and accounts for 2011-12 showed that over 30,000 inspections were carried out, involving 5,769 maintained schools, 55 new academies, 19 free schools, 265 independent schools, 10 service children’s education schools and 54 initial teacher education provider inspections.
An independent study from the London School of Economics, based on 500
schools and 16,000 pupils, showed that test scores ‘significantly’ improved
after a school had failed their Ofsted inspection. About 90% said that an inspection helped them to improve and that they were satisfied with the way it was carried out.
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