As many good teachers as bad ones fear the arrival of OFSTED inspectors.
A frequent complaint has been that OFSTED is too prescriptive: that it believes that there's only one way to teach - the OFSTED way.
Good news, then, from HMCI Sir Michael Wilshaw, addressing the RSA
Sir Michael said:
We, and in that word “we” I include OFSTED, should be wary of trying to prescribe a particular style of teaching, whether it be a three part lesson; an insistence that there should be a balance between teacher led activities and independent learning, or that the lesson should start with aims and objectives with a plenary at the end and so on and so forth. We should be wary of too much prescription. In my experience a formulaic approach pushed out by a school or rigidly prescribed in an inspection evaluation schedule traps too many teachers into a stultifying and stifling mould which doesn’t demand that they use their imagination, initiative and common sense.
Something to celebrate?