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An Inspector Calls

In our institution, our department is about to have an internal inspection, sounds medical, and nasty: right about the latter not about the former. It is, of course a mini Ofsted inspection that is designed to put the fear of Ofsted into the department. I am not going to write about our specific situation, aside from being self indulgent and boring I would probably get the sack. However, this drive to inspect does raise the issue, not so much of inspection but of accountability, the general question of accountability. All this inspection, peer review, double checking is about teachers and lecturers being accountable but to whom, and what for and who is accountable to them?  Read More