The Inspectors’ Calling: HMI and the Shaping of Educational Policy 1945-1992 by Stuart Maclure available soon at the exceptional BookLovers of Bath web site!
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2000, Hardback.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: Drawing on the personal accounts of more than 200 HMI, on archive material and on interviews with Ministers and officials, past and present, Stuart Maclure provides an in-depth study of the work of I lei Majestys Inspectors from the end of the Second World War, to the creation of OFSTED in 1992.
Professionally independent, yet trusted at the highest level, HMIs strength and expertise derived from their working understanding of the schools. HMIs had influence without power, seeing their main task as advising and encouraging schools and promoting good practice.
When Secretaries of State jibbed at their exclusion from the debate on the curriculum and looked for ways of getting to grips with what happened in schools they turned to HMI for help, as their trusted professional advisers the only people available to them who knew what was going cm in schools. The result was to raise the profile of the Inspectorate giving it a key part to play in the shaping of policy at the highest level.
Stuart Maclures engrossing book describes the pressures on the life and work of the Inspectorate which extended and focused the influence of HMI. In so doing he provides an illuminating and readable account of the unfolding of educational policy in England and Wales in the post-war period. The final chapters provide for the fullest account available so far of the events leading up to the creation of OFSTED.
Pictorial boards. [XXXIV] 350 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.