Frank Norris MBE FCCT
Adviser to The Northern Powerhouse Partnership on education matters through a secondment from The Co-op.
Independent chair of the Blackpool Education Improvement Board.
Trustee and chair of finance at Great Academies Education Trust
Vice Chair of Liverpool Education Board
Advisory Board member of InnovateHer
Former senior HMI manager responsible for school, early years and initial teacher education including Framework Development
Recent blog posts
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I have been commenting quite a lot recently on the decision of Ofsted to continue inspecting while the pandemic is still with us. I have been deeply concerned by recent inspection reports I have read where the evidence doesn’t appear to support the judgement or where a slither of evidence is used to make quite damning overall judgements on effectiveness.
There has been much comment in the past few days regarding Ofsted’s expectation that around half of existing Grade 1 schools will be downgraded when they are next inspected. I am unsure how accurate the estimation is because I am hearing that significantly more than half are being downgraded. Time will tell.