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Post-panopticism and school inspection in England

Steven J. Courtney (2014): Post-panopticism and school inspection in England, British Journal of Sociology of Education, DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2014.965806

The abstract for this article:

“In this paper, I draw on a study of school leaders’ experiences of inspection to argue that repeated changes to school inspection policy in England constitute a post-panoptic regime. 397 more words

Publication Extracts

Inspection's Nearly Over! It's Official

I promised myself a few weeks ago, after lots of blogging about Ofsted, accountability and peer review, that there would be no more Ofsted posts for quite some time.   651 more words


What’s Beyond the Ofsted Inspection Jungle?

Is there a more civilised, enriching and effective accountability process than the current Ofsted Inspection regime?  Our current adrenaline fuelled, high stakes, steroid induced inspection system is changing, and changing for the better, but it is only the first step towards what is required. 1,399 more words


School Inspections

I imagine school inspections can be quite nerve-wracking for teachers, they’re probably nervous about what they might get asked or to have someone watching them teach. 85 more words

The Case for Ofsted: is there one?

“We have done more to raise standards in 21 years of existence than any other organisation.” (Michael Wilshaw, Chief inspector of Schools in England, 2014)

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Better Inspection for All … Is that the Right Question?

I’ve always believed that in an election you have a responsibility to vote.  This freedom has been hard won and we should cherish it. 1,990 more words


OFSTED-Outstanding anyone? Outstanding at what, I’d like to know

Anyone else increasingly convinced, in its attempt to grade, definitively, the quality of your child’s education, OFSTED is now hopelessly out of its depth? Round our very densely-populated way are a whole string of OFSTED-rated outstanding primary schools. 648 more words