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There is a serious conflict of interest here. I agree with the NASUWT: the head of OFSTED needs to be impartial. How can we trust the judgement of someone who has a vested interest in the expansion of Academies and supports the establishment of free schools?
I think what it will mean is that the school inspectorate will obviously be more favourably disposed towards Academies and Free Schools; the message won't even have to be disseminated amongst the ranks, the inspectors will know that if they want to go up the career ladder, they'll do jolly well by praising Academies and Free Schools, and turning their firepower on LA schools. This is obviously Gove's intention. He's clearly worried that with an impartial head of Ofsted, there might be some unfavourable reports about Academies and Free Schools -- something he could do without.
Is anyone surprised?
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