Tuesday, June 26, 2012


The BBC claims that Heads who have been sacked because their schools failed miserably are now being employed by Ofsted to inspect other schools.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-18512428

I wonder whether the idea behind this is that they are familiar with bad practice and can recognise it from their own experiences. I'm surprised they haven't offered me a job.

Or you could argue that it doesn't really matter whether they were any good at running a school or not, as they might well have been great teachers in their time. When the inspection consists of ticking a load of boxes on a form that the teachers have seen and have had time to tailor their lessons to fit them in a way they never normally would, then a trained chimp could do the job equally well. (Especially that one I saw on the tv a few months ago doing sums)


Anonymous said...

Well there's a surprise. As a food tech teacher I am often observed by other teachers without knowledge of my subject, and if you see our staff room not much knowledge of food hygiene either. Of course a history lesson shares many of the features of a practical cookery lesson.

Anonymous said...

Set a thief to catch a thief?

Unknown said...

I didn't know someone needed to be an expert in a subject in order to recognise how effective the teaching and how good the learning taking place in that food tech/PE/ICT/Art (you can finish the list yourself, no need for a checklist) lesson was.

Although it is an interesting way to cloud the issue around teacher performance. In fact I'm sure there are lots of things we could bemoan and could use to avoid us being self motivated and going out ourselves to other teachers lessons (regardless of subject discipline) to enhance or teaching and the learning of students. If you really apply yourself I'm sure you'll find them and not have to rely on trotting out this one- trick horse.

Lawy said...

Head at my school took it from Good to almost in special measures. Was forced out; took a job with An LEA advising on failing schools at £80,000. You couldn't make it up.