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Staff wellbeing during Ofsted inspection: Eight practical tips for secondary school leaders

Pressure is growing on Ofsted to reform its inspection machine. Having experienced 40 inspections in nine years, Paul K Ainsworth considers the fall-out from Ruth Perry’s inquest and offers eight inspection wellbeing tips
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The media coverage of the inquest into the death of primary school headteacher Ruth Perry has been traumatic for many colleagues.

There are many among us who have been badly hurt by the Ofsted process, whose careers have been ruined, and whose health has been damaged. Without getting too personal, I had my own traumatic experience with Ofsted which I still carry with me today.

Like many, I still bear the psychological scars and the haunting memories. I still remember waking up at 2am and being unable to get back to sleep. Laying awake for hours at a time. This lasted for 18 months.

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