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School Culture, School Effectiveness and School Improvement

by David H. Hargreaves
School Effectiveness and School Improvement ()
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Abstract This paper questions a central assumption of OFSTED, that inspection is an effective and, moreover, a cost?effective method for improving schools. In particular, doubts are expressed about the capacity of OFSTED inspections to identify the ?worst? schools and provide them with a sure mechanism for improvement. It is argued that applying OFSTED inspections to all schools discourages diversity and encourages conformity to the OFSTED school model. This would appear to be in contradiction to the Government's avowed policy of diversity and choice. A case is made for ?reforming? OFSTED so as to carry out a modified form of the original HMI functions of monitoring, identifying good practice and offering advice and assistance. Some further specific suggestions are given as to how the new OFSTED would operate

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