If Ofsted is the only guardian of educational standards in Britain, the country faces a grim future

Trojan horse

Trojan horse

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills should be abolished, Dalrymple argues. The revelation that schools regularly deceive Ofsted inspectors is

emblematic of what the British State now is: a hall of distorting mirrors. Schools resort to all manner of subterfuges on the day of inspections in order to appear better than they are. And this corruption is not a malfunction of Ofsted; it is its main purpose. It is instituted to deceive the public into thinking that the government cares about educational standards. How else can one explain the fact that Ofsted warns schools of its impending inspections? Such a warning is a virtual incitement to deception; at the very least, it is a indication that the inspectors want to be deceived. It is by such means that standards can fall in reality while they rise in the virtual world of the government statement.

(2012)

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