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BPS educational psychologist comments on Ofsted inspections

07 July 2017

Dr Brian Apter, Chair of the British Psychological Society's Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP), has commented on Ofsted's approach to lesson observation in this week's Tes magazine.

Speaking about research that he conducted in a personal capacity, Dr Apter commented: 

“Without looking at actual behaviour in an actual classroom in a measurable way, I think all Ofsted is going on is a mixture of second-hand opinion and the school’s best guess.

To me, it’s the dark ages of school observation and lesson observation.”

Ofsted responded to the comments, saying:

“All inspection findings and ratings are quality-insured by other inspectors before they are finalised, to make sure that they are firmly based on evidence.”

The full Tes article, with further comment from Dr Apter and his fellow researcher Professor Stephen Gorard, can be viewed here.

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