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Ofsted, the Teacher Training Agency and initial teacher education: a case study

The authors wish to point out that they are wntmg here in a personal capacity and do not necessarily represent the views of their insti­ tution.

I NTRODUCTION This paper documents one institution's experience of the regime which affected all higher education institutes (HEis) in the 1 990s - Ofsted inspec­ tions and the Teacher Training Agency (TTA) . In one sense it is an account of one HEI's experience of being 'inspected to death' , a term coined rather aptly by Ted Wragg (1997) in relation to the inspection of initial teacher education (ITE) . 1 But in another sense it is much more than this, because in addition to the inspections, there is another force for HEis to contend with: the TT A. Because of the link between assessment of quality and funding allocations, one unsatisfactory grade in an inspection led to a downward spiral and eventual closure of the course.