posted on 06 October 2015 23:28
'Outstanding', 'Good' and 'Requires Improvement' are the inspectoral equivalents of 'said', 'then' and 'nice' in children's writing: bland, over-used and unhelpful. But they're also divisive and used judgmentally instead of descriptively.
In place of them, we should use the following; 'Very Effective', 'Effective' and 'Not Effective Yet'. Then we're describing a school's impact as well as it's salient features.
That's a glass half full approach not a half empty one - in a world where, occasionally, those tasked with evaluating us don't even have a glass.