Praise for 'invaluable' teachers after Ofsted 'threat'

Williamson's call to parents to report schools to Ofsted over remote learning prompts outpouring of support for teachers

Catherine Lough

Thumbs up for online teaching

Parents have joined forces to write to Ofsted to show support for teachers and school staff for their work during the pandemic after the government said parents could report schools to Ofsted over their remote learning provision.

On Wednesday, education secretary Gavin Williamson told the House of Commons that parents could report their child's school to the inspectorate if they were unhappy with the remote learning offer.


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The comment provoked frustration from headteachers, with Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the NAHT school leaders' union, accusing the government of "threatening" schools and saying this was "nothing short of disgraceful".

Now families have taken to social media to express their gratitude and support for teachers and schools.

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One school consultant asked parents who were happy with their child's remote learning provision to tweet about it, tagging Ofsted in their replies.

 

Parents responded by lavishing praise on their children's schools, citing how quickly schools had set up work on short notice following the lockdown.

Parent Antonia Cosgrove said teachers at her children's school – St Aidan's CE Primary School in Merseyside –  had gone "above and beyond" during the pandemic, working "tirelessly" to ensure that remote learning was in place.

And Gemma Hope said that her children's school had been "nothing short of outstanding", adding, "Schools need support, not the gov [sic] shifting their shortcomings onto them by encouraging complaints that they could have been more organised." 

Teachers' loved ones got involved, too, with Joshua Seigal posting a tongue-in-cheek message to Ofsted's Twitter account, saying he would like to "report" his wife.

"She is a secondary school teacher and recently has been working from 8am to 10pm. I'm working from home and can see what an amazing job she and her colleagues are doing. Please get back to me and I'll give you more details if you like," he said.

 

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Catherine Lough

Catherine Lough is a reporter at Tes.

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