Wilshaw: I decided on inspections

The Oxford Times: Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw

Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw was forced to clarify today that he took the decision not to move to snap school inspections two years ago in the wake of widespread opposition.

A row broke out earlier after the chief inspector suggested in an interview that his proposal for snap inspections, which he made when he first took up his post in 2012, was halted by Education Secretary Michael Gove amid concerns among headteachers.

In a statement today, Sir Michael said: "When I first became chief inspector in early 2012, I set out plans to introduce no-notice inspections for all schools as part of a wider package of reforms to improve the inspection system.

"As a result of representations I received from headteachers and others during the consultation, I decided to move instead from two days' notice to much shorter half-day notice inspections from September 2012."

Sir Michael's comments came after discussions between him and Mr Gove earlier today.

A Department for Education (DfE) spokesman said: "The chief inspector confirmed that the Education Secretary did not ask Ofsted to halt its plans for no-notice inspections in 2012. Ofsted took the decision after considering the response to their consultation.

"The Secretary of State yesterday commissioned the chief inspector to examine the practicalities of extending the use of no-notice inspections, so that any school can expect an unannounced visit. Both look forward to working together to implementing this important reform."

In an interview with BBC2's Newsnight yesterday, Sir Michael said he had spoken to Mr Gove about no-notice inspections in 2012.

Sir Michael said: "He said that we need to look at this and we need to listen to what headteachers are saying about needing to be in the school prior to the inspection so they can have a preliminary dialogue with the inspectors about how the inspection should be conducted. So we pulled back on that so they now have just a few hours."

In his statement today, the Ofsted chief went on to say that a llegations of a hardline Muslim takeover plot at a number of Birmingham schools have proved the case for snap no-notice inspections.

"Events of recent weeks have served to reinforce my original view that no-notice inspections for all schools are the best way to make sure that, for every school we visit, inspectors see schools as they normally are," he said.

"I recognise that the Secretary of State's commitment to this principle is also long-standing.

"The Prime Minister and the Secretary of State have asked me to look at the practicalities of moving to a system of routine no-notice inspections and today I can confirm my intention to take this issue forward as part of our wider review of the future of school inspection which I have already set in train."

Sir Michael and Mr Gove were at odds earlier this year after the Ofsted boss accusing Department for Education (DfE) staff of briefing against him - an accusation that was strongly denied by the Education Secretary.

Sir Michael later told the Commons education select committee that he probably made an error in making the charge before checking the facts saying that his comments were ''a spontaneous act of fury''.

He also told the committee that in the wake of his comments, he received assurances from Mr Gove that there had been no briefing against him.

Just a day after Mr Gove resurrected plans for no-notice visits, in the wake of the Trojan Horse takeover plot allegations, school leaders said the move was "not an appropriate course of action".

Addressing the Commons yesterday, the Education Secretary said that, in future, any school could be subjected to tough on-the-spot inspections "with no advance warning and no opportunities to conceal failure".

But Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said: "If no-notice inspections become the routine, we would be opposed to it. It would make it very difficult for our members to engage in school to school support.

"Ofsted already has the powers to drop in unannounced if it has concerns. I'm not entirely sure what's achieved by this, other than damaging autonomy in the school system."

Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said: "We do not believe that no-notice inspections are an appropriate course of action for this situation. Ofsted cannot police 25,000 schools.

"We already have an inspection system that has virtually no-notice inspections. In addition, we need to make sure proper safeguards are in place to ensure that the work of schools is monitored from the outside, and not just from Westminster, and that arrangements for governance are regulated."

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2:20pm Tue 10 Jun 14

welshmen says...

Dawn inspections should happen, rolled out across our Country to all schools, if we don't expect more of the same..

Are our children the future for this Country, i would say yes as you all would, where we differ is Religion, we are basically a Christian Country, or for the atheists our laws are Christian based, we are told we have to except a variety of Religions, up until about thirty years ago every thing British was good we never had a problem with any religion, but over the last fifteen tweenty years we have seen the growing aspirations of Islam, to want every thing to suite their Religious Ideology.

If we say we are not happy with with their Religion we are called Islamaphobes or the Guardian readers will call you a racist, i 've had all of them called me, it's like water off a ducks back, i don't give a scubbi doo, what I do care about with a passion is my Country, when I see and read with my own eye's the spread of this undemocratic religion who's whole aim is to destroy the unbelievers, infidels, kaffur, Jews and rule the West never mind our Country then a line has to be drawn.

To infiltrate our schools and preach their Muslim values is detriment to treason, all the do-gooders, you know who you are, are like lemmings being led by Islam for a long drop of a cliff, if you think you will change their ideology then your in for a shock, they don't change, they don't change for anybody they keep on and on until they get what they want, this is nothing new they are doing it all over the world yet most on here can't see that, they think ok this Britain couldn't happen here, well go in any Mosque and tell them it's not going to happen, you'll witness a lot of blank faces, wont be long before they will be mats down and praying in the streets stopping all traffic just to show they can, like in the USA..

Purely on their birth rate alone 4 to 1 they will be the majority in our Country within thirty years, thirty years that's the age our Grandkids will be bringing up their families, what chance will they have to enjoy the upbringing we had, imagine it, we all need to show we are not prepared to accept a religion that wants to rule this Country, people power can do anything look what it's done for the Arab spring, and look who's grabbing for power....This religion needs to drop it's Jihad and hate of all non believers and prove this, they need to report to the Police the Radicals and not support them as now, other wise time to go where they can live their religion in an infidel free Country.....
Dawn inspections should happen, rolled out across our Country to all schools, if we don't expect more of the same.. Are our children the future for this Country, i would say yes as you all would, where we differ is Religion, we are basically a Christian Country, or for the atheists our laws are Christian based, we are told we have to except a variety of Religions, up until about thirty years ago every thing British was good we never had a problem with any religion, but over the last fifteen tweenty years we have seen the growing aspirations of Islam, to want every thing to suite their Religious Ideology. If we say we are not happy with with their Religion we are called Islamaphobes or the Guardian readers will call you a racist, i 've had all of them called me, it's like water off a ducks back, i don't give a scubbi doo, what I do care about with a passion is my Country, when I see and read with my own eye's the spread of this undemocratic religion who's whole aim is to destroy the unbelievers, infidels, kaffur, Jews and rule the West never mind our Country then a line has to be drawn. To infiltrate our schools and preach their Muslim values is detriment to treason, all the do-gooders, you know who you are, are like lemmings being led by Islam for a long drop of a cliff, if you think you will change their ideology then your in for a shock, they don't change, they don't change for anybody they keep on and on until they get what they want, this is nothing new they are doing it all over the world yet most on here can't see that, they think ok this Britain couldn't happen here, well go in any Mosque and tell them it's not going to happen, you'll witness a lot of blank faces, wont be long before they will be mats down and praying in the streets stopping all traffic just to show they can, like in the USA.. Purely on their birth rate alone 4 to 1 they will be the majority in our Country within thirty years, thirty years that's the age our Grandkids will be bringing up their families, what chance will they have to enjoy the upbringing we had, imagine it, we all need to show we are not prepared to accept a religion that wants to rule this Country, people power can do anything look what it's done for the Arab spring, and look who's grabbing for power....This religion needs to drop it's Jihad and hate of all non believers and prove this, they need to report to the Police the Radicals and not support them as now, other wise time to go where they can live their religion in an infidel free Country..... welshmen
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9:49pm Tue 10 Jun 14

welshmen says...

This might be a little of topic but is just as important:

Another wake up call, part of our Laws being made "Sharia-Compliant to suite Muslims, most of you I guess never new about:

The Law Society’s decision to issue a practice note to solicitors who may be interested in drafting ‘Sharia-compliant
wills is such a shocking development?

The most alarming aspect of this terrible initiative is that the Law Society is in effect overturning the concept of one law for all. It attacks that very British understanding of the law; that the law is indivisible. Where now is ‘equality before the law’?

In Britain, if you die intestate (without having drawn up a will) your estate on death will be distributed according to the rules of intestacy, Sharia law regarding the division of one’s estate does not recognize British rules of intestacy, In effect, the Law Society seeks to legitimize discrimination towards women, towards illegitimate and adopted children, and towards non-Muslim partners or offspring who may be the result of intermarriage.

The British rules of intestacy do not permit of these discriminatory provisions for the division of an intestate estate.

They do now.

The key paragraph drafted by the Law Society states “The male heirs in most cases receive double the amount of a female heir of the same class. Non-Muslims may not inherit at all, and only Muslim marriages are recognized. A divorced spouse in no longer a Sharia heir, as the entitlement depends on a valid Muslim marriage existing at the date of death”, It continues, “This means you should amend or delete some standard will clauses. For example, you should consider excluding the provisions of s33 of the Wills Act 1837, because these operate to pass a gift to the children of a deceased ‘descendant’. Under Sharia rules, the children of a deceased heir have no entitlement. . .”

For the first time since Magna Carta, there is no longer one law for all in Britain.

We have all known for some time that already, the Law recognizes that certain categories of person must enjoy additional privileges in law.

For example, if someone cries “Racist!”, they will be accorded beneficial treatment above and beyond that accorded to the general population. The same applies to someone who shrieks “Homophobic!”but so far, no specific religious group was singled out as being above the law.

The Muslims are now above the law; they will enjoy privileges beyond those enjoyed by the general population, and those privileges are discriminatory, retrogressive, and act in fact as the thin end of the Islamic wedge.

For Britain is fast becoming an Islamicised Country, where Muslims are a protected species, with special rights and privileges.

Those who have been warning of this for years, were always dismissed by the mainstream media and etc. as ‘bigots’ and ‘racists’: they were not; what the Law Society has now done, shows how right they were.

And our spavined and gutless government, which could overthrow this latest pro-Islamic initiative on the part of the Law Society if it wished, will not do so.

The members of our government are bought and paid for by the oil sheiks (and their globalist corporate lackeys), and for the most part, their links to Christianity and to the Christian tradition of our country are so tenuous as to be non-existent.....Thi
s is another reason why we need change....
This might be a little of topic but is just as important: Another wake up call, part of our Laws being made "Sharia-Compliant to suite Muslims, most of you I guess never new about: The Law Society’s decision to issue a practice note to solicitors who may be interested in drafting ‘Sharia-compliant wills is such a shocking development? The most alarming aspect of this terrible initiative is that the Law Society is in effect overturning the concept of one law for all. It attacks that very British understanding of the law; that the law is indivisible. Where now is ‘equality before the law’? In Britain, if you die intestate (without having drawn up a will) your estate on death will be distributed according to the rules of intestacy, Sharia law regarding the division of one’s estate does not recognize British rules of intestacy, In effect, the Law Society seeks to legitimize discrimination towards women, towards illegitimate and adopted children, and towards non-Muslim partners or offspring who may be the result of intermarriage. The British rules of intestacy do not permit of these discriminatory provisions for the division of an intestate estate. They do now. The key paragraph drafted by the Law Society states “The male heirs in most cases receive double the amount of a female heir of the same class. Non-Muslims may not inherit at all, and only Muslim marriages are recognized. A divorced spouse in no longer a Sharia heir, as the entitlement depends on a valid Muslim marriage existing at the date of death”, It continues, “This means you should amend or delete some standard will clauses. For example, you should consider excluding the provisions of s33 of the Wills Act 1837, because these operate to pass a gift to the children of a deceased ‘descendant’. Under Sharia rules, the children of a deceased heir have no entitlement. . .” For the first time since Magna Carta, there is no longer one law for all in Britain. We have all known for some time that already, the Law recognizes that certain categories of person must enjoy additional privileges in law. For example, if someone cries “Racist!”, they will be accorded beneficial treatment above and beyond that accorded to the general population. The same applies to someone who shrieks “Homophobic!”but so far, no specific religious group was singled out as being above the law. The Muslims are now above the law; they will enjoy privileges beyond those enjoyed by the general population, and those privileges are discriminatory, retrogressive, and act in fact as the thin end of the Islamic wedge. For Britain is fast becoming an Islamicised Country, where Muslims are a protected species, with special rights and privileges. Those who have been warning of this for years, were always dismissed by the mainstream media and etc. as ‘bigots’ and ‘racists’: they were not; what the Law Society has now done, shows how right they were. And our spavined and gutless government, which could overthrow this latest pro-Islamic initiative on the part of the Law Society if it wished, will not do so. The members of our government are bought and paid for by the oil sheiks (and their globalist corporate lackeys), and for the most part, their links to Christianity and to the Christian tradition of our country are so tenuous as to be non-existent.....Thi s is another reason why we need change.... welshmen
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