School Peer Review Beats High Stakes External Inspection

In its 30 years of operation Ofsted has been painfully slow to embrace reform by moving towards greater emphasis on school self-evaluation. Graham Handscomb argues that the era of peer review has arrived and trumps outmoded adversarial inspection.

The Experience of Inspection

One advantage of being a person of “senior” years is to be able to reflect on changes in educational developments that have been lived and worked through with the passage of time. It provides perspective. Trajectories can be traced; bold cutting-edge initiatives falter … and re-emerge in new guises; movements in education wax and wane.

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