We are meant to be horrified. But creative schools will take inspiration and spot that this is also a good way to dispatch bad teachers when the inspectors call. But beware: the new short-notice inspections begin next term. Perhaps a future Dispatches will show us how to arrange such trips very quickly. An opportunity for lastminute.com?
Schools use all sorts of tricks to fool the inspectors. Stern instruction or bribery are enough to get some classes to behave. Others only need coaching to look bright-eyed and give bright answers. But some hard cases are best removed from sight. How is this done? Next week's Dispatches, the Channel 4 programme which secretly filmed in schools, looks set to reveal some useful tips. For instance, one secondary allegedly sent more than 20 of its most difficult pupils on a day trip.
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