When I'm perusing the MoD's website, which I do on a very regular basis, I often wonder how many other government departments are so incompetent.
No less than Ed Balls' department has hit the bright lights for scoring an own goal. Ofsted have 'failed' dozens of the best schools in Britain, including Shrewsbury, Kings College and Christ's Hospital. Christ's hospital last year recorded its best ever GCSE results, with 80% of its students gaining As or A*s. 100% of its A-level candidates passed with 33% achieving three or more grade As.
A total of 74 schools in England were issued with notices by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, requiring them to make urgent changes. This compares to just 23 in 2007 and 34 in 2008.
Inspection reports reveal that a number of schools issued with notices had allowed staff to start work before the results of CRB checks had been obtained - a breech of child protection rules.
However, in other cases, fee-paying schools which were found to provide a high standard of education were penalised for more 'trivial' concerns.
*School cooks have not been formally trained in child protection.
*Volunteers have not been CRB checked, even though this is not a requirement for state schools.
*The school has carried out all necessary CRB checks but the information has been stored separately rather than on 'a single central record'.
*'Behaviour management', while exemplary, was not explicitly stated in the school policy.
*Pupils and parents had not been supplied with details about how to complain to Ofsted about the school.
*There was low water pressure in a shower in one boarding house.
*Parents were not made aware that they can request sight of a copy of the school's plan to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 2002.
*Gap students helping out at the school have not received formal child protection training.
*Children have 'not been taught how to play appropriately' because at break and lunchtimes they "often run around the small area shouting and letting off steam".
Private schools are now inspected more regularly than state schools.
Is it any wonder good teachers are leaving the profession in droves?
Gone are the days when the inspectors inspected teaching systems and standards. In schools which excel educationally, the jobsworths concentrate on the administration. We're well down the road towards a compliant education system, whether it be public or private. If you require more proof read this.