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Judges, do you know when you’ve been tangoed?

An Ofsted inspection brings out a sequined, sparkly performance from the college hoping to impress, but it’s a buffed version of teachers’ everyday experience

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Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. It’s time once again to don my top hat and tails, shine my shoes and take to the floor for the inspection two-step. Yes, very shortly, Ofsted will be turning the bright beam of its spotlight onto my place of work and once again we’ll attempt to put on a hell of a show, darlings! Places, everyone! Big smiles! Big smiles!

Because no matter which way you cut it, there’s always going to be an element of performance when the clipboard brigade come knocking. Even the very best college needs to ensure that its best foot is forward and free from an ...

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