The Research Evidence For and Against OFSTED
2 November 2017
I have carefully reviewed the evidence for the benefits of inspection as well as for any undesirable consequences. The former include the national monitoring of the quality of education, thematic reviews such as the standard of maths teaching, and the challenges posed to poor practices such as learning styles. The clear balance of the evidence made me conclude, however, that Ofsted currently does more harm than good. Its methods, although changed every few years during the 25...