Tag Archives: Sir Michael Wilshaw

Why we *really* mistrust Ofsted

In the Schools Week profile on Ofsted’s head honcho, Sir Michael Wilshaw apparently puts the teaching professions’ lack of confidence in Ofsted down to “his relentless drive for challenge”. He is reported as

My impatience with some Ofsted inspectors

We hope we are transparent and honest. I am very keen that the people we inspect have confidence in the quality of our inspections and the quality of our inspectors. I believe

What inspirational teaching looks like according to Ofsted

So, as we know, Sir Michael Wilshaw is determined to make clear that Ofsted has no preferred teaching style. Right? Wrong. Just in case you were breaking open the Spumante to celebrate a

Has lesson observation become the new Brain Gym?

I’ve thought a lot about lesson observation over the past couple of years and have come to the conclusion that it is broken. What is most worrying is that it is almost

The shocking mediation of Ofsted criteria by ‘rogue’ inspectors

There’s a lot said and written about what Ofsted do and don’t want to see in lessons, and it turns out a lot of it is nonsense. Fortunately though we have Michael

Anything goes: Is there a right way to teach?

There’s nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so. Shakespeare, Hamlet I read Joe Kirby’s recent post on cognitive bias with interest because I’ve been pursuing a very similar line of

Where lesson observations go wrong

UPDATE: Since writing this post in July 2013 a lot has happened. Ofsted has stopped grading individual lessons and many schools have recognised the futility and harm caused by lesson grading. Here is

Why the knowledge/skills debate is worth having

‘I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike’. Maya Angelou I’ve come an awful long way since September 2011

Icebergs, taking risks & being outstanding

How do we recognise a great teacher, a great lesson or great teaching and learning? How do we know what we’re seeing is outstanding? The sad truth is that often observers don’t

Outstanding teaching & learning: missed opportunities and marginal gains

I work at an ‘outstanding’ school where the teaching and learning is ‘good’. As such we are squarely in Wilshaw’s sights and almost certainly due an inspection at some point this year.

Stress. How much is too much?

Like most teachers, I’ll be back at school on Monday and already I’ve got the heeby jeebies. Apart from all the usual planning and preparation, controlled assessment folders for the new GCSE

Who inspects the inspectors?

Are Ofsted fit for purpose? This week Dylan Wiliam threw a wet leather gauntlet in the face of monsieur d’Ofsted, saying, “Ofsted do not know good teaching when they see it”. If this