Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Under Inspection

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Under Inspection

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ofsted to the rescue

A year ago, I was in the worst job of my career. There was no support from the senior leadership team, and teachers were stressed, unmotivated and not loyal to the school. It was awful.

We had been in special measures for a year so an inspection was due. The pressure we were put under to produce lesson plans of an "outstanding" nature was immense; our plans were scrutinised and ripped apart, and we were continually told that we would lose our jobs if we did not perform on the day. Staff constantly questioned their worth and whether they would pass the "test" that our senior management team led us to believe we were all taking.

The monotonous box-ticking and hoop-jumping were exhausting. There was too much to think about, producing reams and reams of data to show what, exactly? No one knew. We had to complete tests and assessments we had never done before, without any apparent purpose. All wall displays had to be re-done with a "wow" factor - and we weren't allowed to leave the premises until management had given our boards the all-clear. It was relentless.

Teachers were pushed to the limit with menial tasks, distracting them from good-quality teaching. Stress was contagious, with everyone constantly in a bad mood and complaining about overwork. …

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