Readers may remember 28 year-old Conservative Tom Shinner, whose utterly farcical over-promotion to a £105,000 Whitehall director role by Michael Gove was highlighted by Scrapbook back in January.
Shinner’s original toehold in the education bureaucracy (prior to catching the Gove gravy train) was as a director/governor of Greenwich Free School, whose recent inspection enables us to evaluate his performance and that of his fellow school leaders: pretty crap.
Greenwich was given the rating of “requires improvement”, the second lowest of four gradings awarded by the schools inspectorate. Among the aspects of performance singled out for criticism was, errr, management — with Ofsted staff calling for another “external review” to assess how “aspects of leadership and governance could be improved”.
“In the schoool’s first year, arrangements for checking students’ progress did not provide leaders or governors with an accurate view of the schools performance”
What’s more, Shinner and his fellow governors appear to be in denial about issues facing the school, with Ofsted staff remarking wryly:
“Inspectors do not agree with the leadership team’s view that every aspect of the school is outstanding.”