QUOTE(barry-clari @ Mar 4 2012, 09:51 AM)
QUOTE(jm-hamilton @ Mar 3 2012, 09:14 AM)
An ex headmaster I know once told an ofsted inspector that they were a guest in his school and if they upset the staff they would be told to leave in no uncertain terms.
Sad to say, if that happened in 2012, the school would probably get an immediate fail in the inspection. Ofsted, to me, seem to be able to say and do exactly what they like, with no consequences
You're telling me!
I took early retirement - no, not early retirement, because I was already over retiring age, but I had intended to soldier on for at least the rest of that year - because of a single-subject inspection (meant to be a survey but they still gave out goods, outstandings and inadequates) focussed almost entirely on me, since I was the only music teacher in the primary school.
I'm not saying any more here about it, except to say that the conduct of the inspector was so contemptible an underhand and - we thought, not just me, but the head and the LEA - quite likely vindictive, that many people have not believed it possible. I was not involved in the complaints procedure that I'm told was followed, only that ofsted would not budge on the report that was made, which everyone who knew the school and its music considered to be quite outrageous.
Fortunately I'm very resilient, and the day afterwards, I decided was the first day of the rest of my life. A different person could hae ended up with a complete breakdown.
I do think this was all made worse by the fact that our school had been anticipating a full inspection later in the year (which didn't hapoen until a further year later) and was so anxious to get upgraded from good to outstanding (I could have told them they were neer going to get it, as I'd read statements from them that outstanding would need to include a measure of the pupils' level of attainment, and we were a school in a socially deprived area with a lot of lower ability children) and as a result every procedure was geared towards what ofsted would approve. It was also at the height of the security paranoia (child protection, CRB for anyone who entered the gates almost) that the level of paranoia was quite alarming.
Yep, I think it would be true to say that I thoroughly loathe what ofsted does to schools.