I hate getting things wrong. Not backing up my claims with evidence and veering off into polemic was a regular criticism during my student days.
Yesterday, I veered off into such a polemic, and I would like to publicly state a couple of things I got wrong. I’d like to issue a public apology for the error.
- Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector did not make a speech. She wrote a commentary. You can read it for yourself here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/hmcis-commentary-october-2017
If, like me, you are unsure what a commentary is, and its purpose, I looked it up and you can find the definition here: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/commentary
- There was a jot of admission of Ofsted’s responsibility for the narrowing of the school curriculum, with particular reference to ‘low attaining children’.
Here it is:
“Earlier this year, I commissioned a research programme to broaden our understanding of how curriculums are implemented in our schools, particularly the national curriculum as a key government policy. This was one of the main research priorities of my first year as Chief Inspector. One of the aims of this work was to challenge ourselves, as well as schools, about whether Ofsted has always recognised what is best in curriculum design, development and implementation. If we have not, I wanted to know whether inspection has played a role in bending the curriculum out of shape.”
I think 95 words out of 3,361 counts as a jot. (Definition here: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/jot )
Admitting when you get things wrong and making amends is important, I think.
You can find my original post here: https://notsoordinarydiary.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/school-accountability-and-the-entitlement-to-a-broad-and-balanced-curriculum
It also appears in TES here: https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/ofsted-needs-take-responsibility-narrow-dry-curriculum-puts-our