Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

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Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums: Opinion

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No longer satisfactory

The prime minister and Ofsted announced this week that the "satisfactory" rating for schools will be changed to "requires improvement" (see page 17).

Why not simply recognise that satisfactory means satisfactory? If a school is not good enough, then it's Ofsted that is failing by giving it a classification of "satisfactory". If a school is satisfactory, then the politicians are showing their extreme ignorance both of education and of English by insisting that it isn't.

Sparkleghirl

This latest move really does make you despair. There are many, many competent teachers who are conscientious professionals, but who have somewhat fragile self-esteem. This latest idiocy, which is more than just an exercise in semantics, will serve only to undermine them and reduce their confidence. These are dark days in education.

bonkers

Does this mean that if a school is judged "good" then it doesn't require improvement?

cuteinpuce

We have often discussed the truthspeak meaning of the word "satisfactory". …

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