Chief inspector of schools "spitting blood" over attacks on Ofsted

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THE chief inspector of schools has said he is "spitting blood" over right-wing attacks on Ofsted.

Sir Michael Wilshaw told The Sunday Times that education secretary Michael Gove risked damaging school standards by undermining his authority and attacking Ofsted's ideology.

It comes after reports right-wing think tank Civitas has urged the government to create a new body to inspect free schools and academies.

While the Policy Exchange think tank, which Mr Gove set up in 2002, is calling for evidence from schools about whether the school inspection body is "fit for purpose".

Asked if he wanted Mr Gove to call off the attack he said: "Absolutely, it does nothing for his drive or our drive to raise standards in schools.

"I am spitting blood over this and I want it to stop.

"I was never intimidated as a headteacher and I do not intend to be intimidated as a chief inspector."

He added he had received "unjust" criticism from both the left and the right since Mr Gove appointed him to the post in 2011.

He also insisted Ofsted would not be frightened into softening its inspections on free schools, the government's flagship education policy.

Recent inspections on free schools have led to the closure of Discovery New School, in West Sussex, while the troubled Al-Madinah school in Derby was labelled inadequate.

"If I see things going wrong in an academy chain I will say so," he told the newspaper.

"If people tied to the free-school movement think I will not do that they have another think coming.

"As long as as we exist and have the job of raising standards we will do the job fairly without fear or favour."

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9:06am Mon 27 Jan 14

Ray H says...

It is strange that when a body set up to review performance is criticised the leaders of it rush to the press and flex their muscles to complain.
The places which they criticise generally do not have the same inclination or opportunity.
Perhaps if OFSTED concentrated on school improvement and supported that aim many would be more supportive of it.
It is strange that when a body set up to review performance is criticised the leaders of it rush to the press and flex their muscles to complain. The places which they criticise generally do not have the same inclination or opportunity. Perhaps if OFSTED concentrated on school improvement and supported that aim many would be more supportive of it. Ray H
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10:44am Mon 27 Jan 14

Casmal says...

What a joy to read, this piece was!! At last Mr Wilshaw is being given a taste of his own medicine. Now he knows what it is like to be unjustly criticised. He has been doing just that to teachers for years. So, he doesn't like having his authority undermined? Well, Mr Wilshaw, neither do teachers like you undermining their authority. So you don't intend to be intimidated, yet you are quite content to intimidate teachers?

So, Mr Wilshaw, if OFSTED is so effective, why, after many years of inspections are you allegedly still finding significant numbers are failing?? Either the OFSTED system of inspections is not helping to raise standards or those, so-cakked failing schools weren't really failing in the first place? Could it be that they were just not following the current political ideology? Well, Mr Wilshaw, now it's your turn: because you have criticised so called free schools, you clearly are not following current political ideology. It's not a nice feeling, is it??
What a joy to read, this piece was!! At last Mr Wilshaw is being given a taste of his own medicine. Now he knows what it is like to be unjustly criticised. He has been doing just that to teachers for years. So, he doesn't like having his authority undermined? Well, Mr Wilshaw, neither do teachers like you undermining their authority. So you don't intend to be intimidated, yet you are quite content to intimidate teachers? So, Mr Wilshaw, if OFSTED is so effective, why, after many years of inspections are you allegedly still finding significant numbers are failing?? Either the OFSTED system of inspections is not helping to raise standards or those, so-cakked failing schools weren't really failing in the first place? Could it be that they were just not following the current political ideology? Well, Mr Wilshaw, now it's your turn: because you have criticised so called free schools, you clearly are not following current political ideology. It's not a nice feeling, is it?? Casmal
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