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Simon Smith
Principal, Learner, Teacher, mad about children's books, Views are my own. .Proud to be part of the . Reading Goblins
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Simon Smith 3m
Just popping this out there... have a close look. Can you guess which picturebook author drew this?
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Simon Smith 9m
Replying to @Johnwol72100052
He is the gift that keeps giving.
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Simon Smith 12h
So a quick Ofsted thread... 1) Ofsted didn’t improve teaching in any school I’ve been in...we did that (they did make us jump through some pedagogical hoops though) 2) Ofsted did not improve behaviour in our school... we did that ...
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Andy Seed 10h
Schools, thrive more: 1. Make books a regular part of assemblies 2. Prioritise storytime 3. Get a Patron of Reading 4. Promote use of your local library lots 5. Give awards for reading for pleasure 6. Have staff book reviews on display 7. Tell parents about Rfp research evidence
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Simon Smith 8h
Replying to @MindthegapMum
Who knows?
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Simon Smith 9h
I love the post-rationing political element to the hungry caterpillar. It is a book that is very supportive of capitalism and greed. ;-)
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Simon Smith 10h
Replying to @MRobson8
They didn’t just not see it... they perpetuated it.
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Simon Smith 11h
I agree and that an important role possibly the most important role of Ofsted.
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Simon Smith 11h
Replying to @smithsmm
If I could change one thing however it would be the judgemental nature of inspections. Get rid of grading and create an inspectorate that supports schools rather than damages them. Maybe with the new framework we’re heading that way? Who can tell?
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Simon Smith 12h
Replying to @EDmerger
Our results were/are mostly the right side of the curve, less so at EY and KS1. In every school good teaching is key. Head making behaviour a priority and dealing with it consistently, lots of work on developing teaching. Creating the right curriculum. Really not rocket science.
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Simon Smith 12h
Replying to @EDmerger
As a teacher that has only worked in “those” schools I can tell you now the teaching would have been no better or worse than other schools. Ofsted was however always an uphill battle.
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Simon Smith 12h
Replying to @smithsmm
... So from this thread it sounds like I want rid of Ofsted. Actually I don’t have an issue with being inspected or accountability but please let’s not make spurious comments about the impact it has.
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Simon Smith 12h
Replying to @smithsmm
1) Increase workload. (Not a myth) (middle leaders now?) 2) Tell teachers to teach a certain way (not a myth) 3) Act as a tool to push a government agenda both in the past and now 4) Create a system where teachers in tougher areas were judged as being worse teachers. ...
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Simon Smith 12h
Replying to @smithsmm
... 3) Ofsted did not tell us how to get better...we did that (they literally took points from our own development plan and made them targets) 4) Ofsted did not make children safe in our school...we did that There are some things Ofsted have done though...
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Simon Smith 12h
So a quick Ofsted thread... 1) Ofsted didn’t improve teaching in any school I’ve been in...we did that (they did make us jump through some pedagogical hoops though) 2) Ofsted did not improve behaviour in our school... we did that ...
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Simon Smith 21h
Nope...I think you’ll find that that’s school leaders and teachers.
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Simon Smith 13h
Replying to @welfordwrites
Looks a lovely morning.
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Becky Allen Sep 22
No easy answers on Ofsted, but replacing it with local monitoring doesn't fix security of judgment concerns. Inspectors are humans, which means they are likely to be inconsistent and biased when asked to make quick judgments on complex entities - (1/4)
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Simon Smith 20h
Replying to @Ed_Dorrell
Yeah it could be playing Oasis.
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Simon Smith 20h
It really is.
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