From 2013: Ofsted Inspectors with Connections to Private Schools Marking Down State Competitors

This is again from Private Eye for 1st – 14th November 2013.

Bias Beware

More questions for Ofsted over the use of additional inspectors who have conflicts of interest with the schools they inspect.

Wanstead High School in east London dropped from a “good” at its previous inspection to “requires improvement” after inspectors visited earlier this year. Pupils went on to record improved GCSE results and very impressive A-level results this summer, with nearly half getting a B or higher at A-level.

Meanwhile, sharp-eyed parents spotted that the Ofsted inspection team included Moazam Parvez, a Tribal Education-accredited additional inspector. His profile on the Tribal list notes: “He is currently head of secondary school in east London.” Mr Parvez is secondary head at Buxton School, a trust school, which is a 1.8 mile walk away, in the same E11 postcode.

This follows the case of London Nautical School getting a “requires improvement” rating in May from an inspection team including Daniel Mohnihan, the CEO of the Harris Federation, which has 15 schools in south London (Eye 1346).

In 2w011, Ofsted assured the Eye it would regard any situation where inspectors or their employers were “involved in an organisation in competition with the school under inspection as a conflict of interest to be avoided”. The Eye asked Ofsted whether both Moynihan and Parvez didn’t therefore face conflicts of interest as definied in the Ofsted protocol for inspection service providers. Despite a holding reply promising an explanation, answer came there none.

This is another example of the government using businessmen from private industry in an official position to push their privatisation agenda. Years ago Chris Woodhead, the former Ofsted schools inspector, declared he was strongly in favour of taking schools out of local authority control, in line with Tory ideology. This clearly meant that he had a bias against traditional state education, and this has merely continued with the employment of Parvez and Moynihan as school inspectors.

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