Thursday, 28 March 2013

Marking your own homework - the problem with inspection


From BoM comes the quote of today:

A government regulator regulating a nationalised industry is always going to be the public sector marking its own homework. And while the Government Inspector may strike fear into the hearts of employees - witness the hatred of Ofsted among many headteachers - that's because the regulator becomes an instrument of Commissariat control rather than an objective assessor of standards.

Absolutely - writing lists of 'standards', mostly based on subjective appraisal and qualitative enquiry, is no substitute for giving people choice.


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