I still bear the scars of an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted

Working in a school or college labelled 'inadequate' by Ofsted leaves its mark, says Andrew Otty

Here are five signs that, like me, you used to work somewhere that was judged “inadequate” by Ofsted:

You pile exercise books in order from best to worst

“Ah, Jamie, excellent work today.” That’s one for the top. “Hmm, Kelly, couldn’t you have told me you didn’t have a pen 90 minutes ago?” Bottom. This habit stems from the fear of a clandestine work scrutiny.

Your seating plan is impenetrable

Generally, a lazy observer will sit in the most obvious space available, so when you enter the classroom of someone with the strategic-seating-plan habit, the desk nearest the door will have a ...

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