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Guardian highlights NAHT Instead peer review inspection process

A feature in the Guardian has offered an insight into the pilot of NAHT’s inspection framework, Instead.

Instead aims to offer a rigorous but more supportive alternative to Ofsted and the paper looks at how the procedure is carried out at Blue Coat Infants in Walsall. The school’s executive head Anthony Orlik provides the case study (for which NAHT thanks him).

The Guardian article arrives at overall positive conclusions of the Instead framework. Heads involved in the peer-led process point to its ethos of positive intervention from which they claim Ofsted could learn. Head teacher Tracey Coles is an ambitious leader involved in a cluster of schools on the Instead programme who joined forces to drive improvement. She is quoted as saying: “‘Prioritise’ is more positive than ‘inadequate’, and all ‘requires improvement’ says is that a school isn’t good yet…‘Sustain’ is an infinitely better word than ‘outstanding’.”

Read the full feature here.

You can find out more about NAHT school review programme here.

Page Published: 30/06/2015