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Her Majesty’s chief inspector of schools says he was “spitting blood”…

7th March 2014

Following on from our last article, Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools is pushing back against the right-leaning think-tanks Policy Exchange established by Michael Gove and Civitas who both publish their reports this month. Policy Exchange is investigating whether Ofsted is “fit for purpose”, and Civitas has suggested that the Government take away Ofsted’s powers to inspect free schools and academies.

 Michael Cladingbowl, Ofsted’s Director for Schools, states: “More children are attending good or outstanding schools now than at any other time – and Ofsted has played an important part in that, reporting without fear or favour, holding up an impartial mirror to schools and government.” He went on to say “Ofsted will report on the different types of schools in equal measure – and we won’t pull our punches if we thinkl that schools are not doing well enough.”

Changes to the inspection regime have raised issues relating to capacity, a spokesman said: “We are looking at how inspection can have the greatest impact on raising standards for children in England’s schools while delivering the best possible value for the taxpayer.”

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