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Satisfactory Progress? Keywords in English School Inspection

Clarke, John and Baxter, Jacqueline (2014). Satisfactory Progress? Keywords in English School Inspection. Education Inquiry, 5(4) pp. 481–496.

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In this paper, we explore some of the keywords around which the practice of school
inspection is ordered in England. As part of a project that explores the role of inspection in governing schooling in England, Scotland and Sweden, we have examined some of the key sources through which Ofsted (The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) publicly announces its role and purpose. In considering these texts we have turned to Raymond Williams’ conception of ‘keywords’ (1988) to frame our analysis. We suggest that these sources are marked by the presence of a series of such keywords that underpin and legitimize the practice of school inspection by Ofsted. We conclude by considering some of the changing terminology that followed from the Coalition Government that took office in the UK in 2010 and which made education reform a centre piece of its first period in power.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
ISSN: 2000-4508
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Governing by Inspection: School Inspection and Education Governance in Scotland, England and Sweden (D-09-036-JC)RES-062-23-2241-AESRC
Keywords: keywords; accountability; school inspection; improvement; independence; value for money
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 44061
Depositing User: Jacqueline Baxter
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2015 09:32
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2019 12:25
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