Memorandum from Alex Coad (OFS08A)
A letter to the Chief Inspector welcoming
consulting children during inspections.
Expressing concern over method of
Offering assistance in looking at
1. Thank you for taking into account the
rights of the child, and making changes to the system which I
feel are long overdue. However, there are some aspects which are
cause for concern, such as the student's right to anonymity, if
they so wish. I feel that every care should be taken to make the
student feel secure during their discussion with the inspectors,
for example the discussion should be between one member of OFSTED
and one student.
2. As a student at a democratic free school
I am experienced at expressing my opinions to adults; as you will
know from my personal lobbying of you, on the issue of listening
to the voices of children, at your last appearance before the
Select Committee. I would be willing to share my skills and experiences
with OFSTED in helping you to find the best possible way to gain
the views of school children.
3. I look forward to meeting you again at
the Committee meeting on 5th December.
Alex Coad (16)