Data isn’t king, it’s the queen. The king is the story behind the data. And if we don’t already, we need to learn to love the story. So, why is this important? The bottom line is ‘how much difference have I made to the children I’ve been teaching’. And at a school level, how much difference have we made to learning for all young people, including the vulnerable groups.
Some basics: we need to know the difference between attainment and achievement.
Heather Leatt did a great job of highlighting the revisions to the Ofsted School Inspection Handbook: www.heatherleatt.co.uk/ofsted-school-inspection-handbook-september-2013 It has prompted these observations.
There have been a number of comments from colleagues that Ofsted inspectors expect to see certain styles of teaching. This is not the case. Inspectors have been told for some time not to privilege one style of teaching over another. This is now made clear in the revised document. Sir Michael Wilshaw also talked about what makes a good teacher in his 2012 RSA speech.