Jude Enright

Headteacher, Queens Park Community School


Dragon slaying with the sword of “truth”: how did one school leader use evidence to end their Ofsted nightmares?

This session will tell the story of a valiant school leader back in the days of pre-truth school leadership when lessons were graded and Ofsted based their judgements on such grades. Contemplating headship, she was plagued with inspection nightmares. How could she lead a school in the face of such high stakes accountability? Out of fear, would she become a tick box head demanding that teachers meet six Outstanding criteria before breakfast?

Fully aware that despite Ofsted’s motto “Raising standards, improving lives”, this was not always how it worked in practice; she decided to seek out empirical evidence from the best available research: under what conditions does school inspection lead to school improvement? What are the implications for school leaders working in England’s high stakes inspection regime?

Her dissertation took a systematic approach to synthesise the findings of twenty-seven studies that examined school inspection in OECD developed countries. Discussing her initial findings with lead practitioners across England, she sought to answer the question “How might school inspection improve teaching?”

After a discussion on the findings of this research, the school leader will explain how she has put this into practice in her first year of headship… and now has sweet dreams of rainbows and chocolate.


Jude Enright is Headteacher of Queens Park Community School. Jude was an accountant with Reuters Ltd before training to be a teacher. After being Head of ICT in a London Catholic comprehensive, Jude worked as a consultant for the National Strategies in schools across The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Part of the team that set up Chelsea Academy in 2010, she went on to join the leadership team at Greenford High School in Ealing, where she became Deputy Head for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. Jude is interested in how schools can use research to make the best decisions for their students and has recently completed an MSc in Research for Public Policy & Practice at UCL/IoE.

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