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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 January 2012

Ofsted: "requires improvement"

Derek McMillan, Mid-Sussex Socialist Party

Ofsted, the body responsible for inspecting schools, wants to toughen the language of inspections in England - changing the "satisfactory" rating to "requires improvement". Ofsted are notorious for their violence towards the English language and towards education in general.

By sleight of hand they change "satisfactory" to "unsatisfactory". They label schools as "failing" in order to create a self-fulfilling prophecy. Who would want to send their children to a "failing" school? Or teach at one?

And the not-so-hidden agenda? Christine Blower, general secretary of teachers union NUT, bluntly pointed out "The government's real agenda behind this change is of course inventing yet another category of schools that it will then seek to force into academy status."

In a welcome move another teachers union, NASUWT, echoed the NUT's concern: "The seemingly tough talk we have heard from the government today, may have popular appeal but the reality is that it has nothing to do with raising standards. Instead, it is about ratcheting up pressure on schools, without providing the support and resources they need to assist them in securing further improvements.

"This announcement will encourage a culture of vicious management practices within schools which will have a profoundly negative effect on the workforce and children and young people alike."

Nothing illustrates Gove's hypocrisy more clearly than his dodgy 'free school' project. For all his blather about raising standards, free schools like the proposed one in Southwater, Horsham, are not required to have qualified teachers.

So any Tom, Dick or Harriet off the street can come and teach our children on the cheap. The private schools the millionaires in the government send their children to are staffed by professionals. If Gove gets his way they will be the only schools that are!

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In The Socialist 18 January 2012:


Anti-cuts campaign

Stand up to Tory bullies

Pensions attacks can still be defeated

Labour leadership approves the Con-Dem cuts

Cameron's attack on Scottish independence referendum backfires

Welfare Reform Bill:- Lords compromise is no victory

Ofsted: "requires improvement"

John Lewis economy: another fantasy from Corporal Clegg

Them & Us


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Keep private vultures out of our NHS!


Youth fight for jobs

End the slave labour culture of workfare


Socialist Party workplace news

Electricians' national meeting plans next steps in battle against pay cut

Unilever workers say hands off our pensions

South Yorkshire Stagecoach bus drivers take eighth day of strike action

Jobs massacre at La Senza

Doctors support call for action


Obituary

Rob Windsor: socialist fighter and Coventry Socialist Party councillor 1964-2012


Socialist Party feature

1972 Derry - "this was murder"


Socialist Party campaigns

EDL intimidation fails in Barking

Save community schools - no to academies

Protect women's rights - oppose the abstinence bill


International socialist news and analysis

Greece: Non-payment movement against new housing tax

Irish 'poll tax' battle has begun

Nigeria: Fuel strike suspended


 

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