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Inspection stress worse for women

Teachers find inspections stressful, demotivating and impersonal, according to new research from Oxford Brookes University. Women teachers suffer more than men.

Two-thirds of British teachers think the inspections by the Office for Standards in Education should be improved, according to the researchers, who suggest that the inspectors get a distorted view of the education they examine.

The survey drew on the views of 821 secondary school teachers who had been through a full OFSTED inspection. They criticised the way inspectors attended classes with no warning, and said the lack of feedback and advice caused anxiety.

One-third of the teachers felt their own school's reaction to the inspection could be improved, as over-preparation led to anxiety.

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