ERIC Number: EJ1019638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Head Teachers' Experiences of School Inspection under Ofsted's January 2012 Framework
Courtney, Steven J.
Management in Education, v27 n4 p164-169 Oct 2013
This article focuses on head teachers' experiences of inspection under Ofsted's revised school inspection framework, their views of its principles and its implications for school leaders and leadership. The article draws on findings from a mixed-methods study to show that inspections are more focused on pupils' attainment and progress. Head teachers intend to prioritize these and other judged areas over those no longer explicitly judged. Whilst broadly agreeing with the framework's principles, many head teachers report that inspection was less positive owing to variation in inspector quality and rigidity in the (interpretation of the) framework. The article argues that leaders of schools serving socio-economically disadvantaged areas might find it harder to obtain a good Ofsted rating, with implications for head teacher recruitment and retention. It argues for improved Ofsted inspector training, a broad, values-driven leadership agenda by head teachers, and the recognition and promotion of contextual responses to educational challenges.
Descriptors: Inspection, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Likert Scales, Online Surveys, Semi Structured Interviews, Administrator Attitudes, Principals, Questionnaires, Foreign Countries, Mixed Methods Research, Economically Disadvantaged, Observation, Competence, Teacher Competencies, Leadership Responsibility, School Safety, Student Behavior, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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