Bloggers lead the campaign to reform Ofsted



At its best, social media can influence education policy – and spearhead reform. It is teacher bloggers who have led the campaign to reform Ofsted’s inspection regime.

Over the last year, we have seen massive, protracted and unrelenting pressure from teachers online to change how inspections work.


And it’s working.


Ofsted have agreed to stop grading lesson observations in all inspections from September. Their handbook now explicitly states that inspectors do not expect to see any records of graded lesson observations from schools.

Here is a collection of hundreds of blogs from over 40 teachers, school leaders and researchers in the education blogosphere who are putting pressure on OFSTED to accelerate reform.


Old Andrew


David Didau


Tom Bennett




Harry Fletcher Wood


Stuart Lock


Jack Marwood


Pragmatic Reform


Solo contra tutti


Alex Quigley


Daisy Christodoulou


Robert Peal


Tom Sherrington


Rob Coe


Miss Cox


Ross Morrison McGill


The Guardian’s Secret Teacher


Sam Freedman


Andy Lewis


Shena Lewington


Kit Andrew


Jonathan Simons


Jo Facer


Loic Menzies


Stephen Tierney


Angry ex-teacher


Dave Harris


Micon Metcalfe


The Primary Head


Steve Philp


L. Mason


Heather Lett


Data Fiend


Martin Robinson


Michael Tidd


Ritchie Gale


Joanna Williams


Mark Melaney


Gethyn Jones


Michael Fordham


Harry Webb


William Lau


Heather F


Unseen Flirtations


Clare Collins


Now, above all, is the time to keep up the pressure. The education blogosphere is organising. We, the teachers, are reclaiming our profession. The momentum is rising. The next campaign target is to stop Ofsted grading teaching altogether.


If we sustain it, radical reform of the inspection regime is within reach.

About Joe Kirby

School leader, education writer, Director of Education and co-founder, Athena Learning Trust, Deputy head and co-founder, Michaela Community School, English teacher
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10 Responses to Bloggers lead the campaign to reform Ofsted

  1. mroberts1990 says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I think that teachers today have more power over educational change then they ever have, and it can only increase from here!

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  4. Angus Walker says:

    I actually believe that the issue is deeper than the way Ofsted carries out inspections. It is more to do what we as a society believe inspections are for. The problem is that, if you take the analogy of inspectors as being like doctors carrying out investigative tests on our State institutions, then what treatment or support are offered when suspected disease is discovered (and broadcast to the world)? I wrote on this a couple of weeks ago:

  5. At the researchED event in August 2014 I made some observations at the end of Andrew Old’s interview of HMIs Michael Cladingbowl and Sean Harford regarding the corrupt system of Ofsted inspectors ALSO being independent advisors bought in by schools. I also commented about the impossibility of being able to hold Ofsted to account through the Ofsted complaints system. The interview and my comments were filmed. My comments raised significant applause in the crowded room and yet this piece of the event was ‘cut’. Why was this?

    And what a shame.

    Subsequent to this event, I have continued to pursue a complaint against Ofsted to no avail and have personal evidence to demonstrate the impossibility of being able to hold Ofsted to account.

    I note that the NAHT has also made comments about it becoming increasingly difficult to hold Ofsted to account.

    The teaching profession as a whole recognises the importance of accountability but it is clear that the current Ofsted system is negative, counter-productive and has no fit mechanism to challenge judgements made by Ofsted.

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