Professional Development for Quality Teaching


David Bell

Published: Jul 2020
30 mins


The late Ted Wragg, Professor of Education at Exeter University, challenges Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools over the efficacy of school inspections.

In this fascinating discussion, David Bell robustly defends the inspection system while admitting that changes are required. "I'm not complacent," he says. "I wouldn't have brought forward the changes that are now in front of parliament if I didn't believe it could be improved."

He denies that Ofsted is merely about imposing compliance on schools: "Inspection should judge the outcomes achieved. It's not a case of saying let's go into a lesson let's see if they comply."

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