Gove adviser accuses Ofsted of ‘taking the soul out of schools'25 October 2012
The former headmaster of a top London Catholic school and adviser to Education Secretary Michael Gove has criticised the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) for creating a stifling "compliance culture" among teachers.
In an interview in this week's Tablet, John McIntosh, who retired as head of the high-achieving London Oratory in 2006 after nearly 30 years in charge, said that a culture of targets and inspections caused schools to focus too heavily on "ticking boxes" and climbing league tables, rather than on providing a balanced education for pupils.
"I think the league-table culture and compliance culture that Ofsted has brought into the system has taken the soul out of schools," he said, adding: "Teachers and heads - heads in particular - have become very robotic."
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