Replace OFSTED with a network of Local Educational Officers

Posted on 12-10-17 by Finlay Turner-Berry Number of votes: 0 | Number of comments: 2

Perhaps the most difficult to justify but for me the most important element of educational reform.

Ofsted as an education watchdog does not work anymore. For the simple reason that it fails to address consistency of deliverance in State Schools and its assessments give a blinkered view of schools. This leads to substandard short term changes in schools that fail to enhance pupil's education. My mum has been a public sector teacher for 20 years, and since OFSTED's introduction has seen the demoralisation in the profession of teaching and a resultant fall in quality of teaching. The spontaneous visits cause stress to teachers, make them deflated and dissolussioned with their job and ultimately gives a mere snapshot of systematic issues in state schools. This leads to a savage cycle of lacklustre planning, lacklustre deliverance and the increasingly the employment of underqualified members of staff to fill gaps that disillusioned experienced teachers have left

I thusly propose a long term solution. Local Education Officers. This would first require academies ending contracts with the secretary of state for education and being reintroduced into Local Authority Control. Local Education Officers roles would be to laisse with schools each week, working with schools and teachers that are struggling with standards and struggling to raise the standards of DE Classed or FSM pupils. It would mean full time support, specialised advice and would introduce a gentler yet more refined way of improving state school standards. It would allow teachers to worry less and improve more. And would make the environment of being a professional in education less degrading and more pleasurable. With this, funding can be tailored to school's needs, it can be done on a case to case basis and therefore remove the risk of fiscal irresponsibility on the part of academies. My school, in Coventry, for example went millions of pounds into the red in an attempt to keep up with local competition for funding per pupil.

The way in which this policy would be argued for is simple. The system no longer works. Teachers are disillusioned, teaching standards in state schools are falling thusly. The privately educated dominate top jobs and university entry as the best teachers are enticed by better working environments and wages at public schools. By scrapping ofsted and introducing 'LEO's' the gap between private and state will be decreased, raising the standards of teaching will benefit everyone, channelling funding in the right way will benefit everyone, supporting schools that need improvement benefits everyone. A system that encourages competition, degrades teachers and underfunds our state schools should not exist in the modern day. Who has ever heard the term if it's broken don't fix it? if your system is outdated, upgrade it.

Referring to: Early Years, Education and Skills

The Early Years, Education and Skills Policy Commission looks at issues relating to children’s wellbeing, development and care, as well as education training and skills from childhood through adulthood.

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