Tuesday 9 October 2012


This morning I was full of self pity! Actually, my plan worked, because even though I ended up having the class from 1pm, they were alright. A few challenges were seen off. A fabulous circle time ensued. I had a different colleague with me and as always, two pairs of eyes are better than one. We got our French done and some RE, complete with cross curricular links.

Just before the lesson I was told that THE phonecall had come at noon. The devil would be swooping in tomorrow morning. He is staying till Thursday night.

Deep joy. To be honest. I am not arsed about it. It'll be my 6th one. I do not change my standards/activities/expectations simply because there are some people in suits with clipboards.

Some of my colleagues are in a frenzy. Paperwork is being triply checked. Trackers. Registers, yadda yadda yadda.

School is upside down, major building work going on inside and out. New storage areas being constructed. There are resources everywhere! But we keep calm , step over the chaos and carry on!

I happen to be of the mindset that there should be NO phonecall. They should just drop in. That way they can get a clear true picture. Everyone should be doing their jobs anyway.

The only thing that would stop the inspection would be a major catastrophe. I don't think that will happen.

So Government spies, bring it on. We are waiting for you!


  1. Oh good luck - sounds like you are always ready! X

  2. Ofsted is a bit of a joke. They are mostly frit teachers, who escaped the classroom because management is so much more highly valued in the system than teaching. Plus, their own inadequacies at the chalk face are left behind. Did you see the article about Scandinavian education I posted the other day?

  3. Here's a link: http://frontpagemag.com/2012/bruce-bawer/socialisms-cult-of-mediocrity-in-action/

  4. Totally agree with you, no warning should be given, for obvious reasons this would raise standards across the board.
    Hope it all goes ok hun XX

  5. Good for you Rachel I agree what good are inspections if people prepare for them.


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