Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

What Keeps Me Awake at Night - No Trust, Only Constant Scrutiny: Opinion

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

What Keeps Me Awake at Night - No Trust, Only Constant Scrutiny: Opinion

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The clipboard in the corner is devoid of expression. Entering midway through a lesson without greeting, it sits in silent scrutiny, taking notes, looking in books, studying pupils. After 10 minutes, and without a word to anyone, it departs.

It is the kind of thing every teacher expects from the dreaded Ofsted visit, but this is just a standard Monday morning. The new observation guidelines that swung into action in September have freed school managers to spend as much time as they like watching their staff, and in our school they've seized the opportunity with both hands.

Visits are frequent, randomly spaced and always unsmiling. Book samples are taken for scrutiny (often when you need them for the lesson), displays are monitored, planning pored over and timetables checked. Feedback is rare and hardly ever comes directly, but is passed down through middle managers. The over-riding message is: "We don't trust you."

And while we are scrutinised like laboratory rats, who is watching the watchers? …

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