The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #106072   Message #2188269
Posted By: Peter K (Fionn)
07-Nov-07 - 08:14 AM
Thread Name: BS: Anyone being Ofsted-ed?
Subject: RE: BS: Anyone being Ofsted-ed?
The employees in any organisation working to accreditation such as (in Europe) ISO9002 can expect to be audited, and much more rigorously and more frequently than teachers.

As a union rep Cats should know that much more goes into teacher assessment than 25 minutes in the classroom. The inspectors (most of whom in my experience know what they are talking about) discuss all aspects of teaching with a school's head or principal and with other members of the senior leadership team, curriculum co-ordinators etc. The overall tone of the final report also takes account of other input, for instance from the school's improvement partner.

As vice-chair of governors and chair of finance at a large specialist secondary school and FE college, and having been a governor at other schools over many years, I have been on the receiving end of Ofsted inspections. I also had my work scrutinised many times when I was a senior manager with one of Britain's biggest PLCs. I know which is the easier ride.

But either way, the principle is the same. Inspections are aimed at establishing whether people and institutions actually do what they set out to do. A school writes its own plan. Teachers write their own plans. If people do what they said they would do they will have no problem.

The people who have reason to fear Ofsted are poor teachers, poor leaders and poor governors. That gives me a lot of comfort.