Evidence for 'antagonistic unions’ claim is flimsy at best?

Ofsted’s accusation that ‘antagonistic unions’ are a barrier to improvement is based on evidence so flimsy it is embarrassing, says Jon Richards

What better bedtime reading than a new Ofsted “evaluation report”?

This one – with its sexy title, Fight or Flight? – “investigates why some schools that have previously delivered a low standard of education for long periods of time have managed to sustainably improve and others have not” (Ofsted, 2020).

As well as a fancy title we also love a catchy label. Remember “coasting schools”? Well this report comes up with another cracker – “stuck schools”.

Ofsted tells us all that it is has moved on from its old name, shame and blame culture. So of course this report does not look for scapegoats...

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