The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #106072 Message #2188482
Posted By: Cats
07-Nov-07 - 01:57 PM
Thread Name: BS: Anyone being Ofsted-ed?
Subject: RE: BS: Anyone being Ofsted-ed?
Thanks for all your messages and good luck to Arnies wife. To answer just a few of your comments. I appreciate that inspectors 'know' what's going on in schools but to grade a teacher all they have to do is be in their classroom for 25 minutes. As a union officer and caseworker I spend alot of time picking up the pieces of colleagues who are exceptionally good at their work but are shot to pieces by Ofsted. I'm not saying that we shouldn't be accountable. We should be but it is the way in which it is done is what I am concerned about. I had a preOfsted in January where we had 2 county inspectors in for 3 days and were with me nearly all the time. My dept came out as excellent so I should have nothing to worry about, but, that was taken over a period of time so they got a really good idea of what was going on. Today I was grilled for 35 minutes as the SENCo in the school, not about my work and the way I work with students but on the data there is and how I use it. I was then asked for a breakdown and analysis of all the students on the Record of Need, what their achievemnet levels are, whether thet are on target, analysis of boys achievement, analysis of Dyslexic students attainment etc. Bearing in mind I have over 350 students on RoN she did not want the data but a full written analysis by the end of the day. That was on top of everything else she had from the dept. It ran to 8 pages, close typed. She also asked for an analysis and breakdown of every intervention strategy used over the past 3 years and how that had affected results and progress of selected students. Which students? All of them on RoN! And I have taught today too.
I know I am brilliant. I advise on Special Needs at the very highest level in the country but I'm still stressed out by the whole process. It's not just the ones who have nothing to worry about who should be worried ~ we all worry. More tomorrow! Glass of wine is callling.