The think-tank Demos has proposed a fundamental change in how schools are assessed, to take the views of teachers, parents and pupils into account.
A new report from Demos is proposing ‘multi-perspective’ inspections instead of Ofsted inspectors, The Telegraph reports, to rescue an education system obsessed with targets and league tables.
The think-tank criticised the current ‘toxic’ culture where results, targets and impressing inspectors are placed ahead of pupils’ education. It wants an annual report on each school’s performance to take on board the views of teachers, pupils, parents, and the local community. It claims that this would be more rigorous and effective than current inspections, where inspectors make judgments during brief school visits, and would give an honest account of schools’ strengths and limitations.
Duncan O’Leary, Demos Deputy Director, said: “Targets, tables and inspection regimes have their place – but you can only do so much from the top down. As every parent and teacher knows, Ofsted inspectors rarely see the true picture of a school. An approach that amplified the views of parents, pupils and teachers could be more demanding, more honest and more effective in the long-run.”
Do you think the proposal from Demos would result in a better inspection system?