Back-of-an-envelope lottery

26th July 1996 at 01:00
My staff were uniquely unified by the experience of a recent successful OFSTED inspection, only to be immediately divided by the "Good teacher" award lottery.

Unity and motivation, so necessary for moving the school forward, were undermined by a scheme with all the hallmarks of a back-of-an-envelope idea, drafted without any understanding of staffroom dynamics.

The basic function of the inspection system is the improvement of our schools. What then is the logic of introducing a practice which is the antithesis of this aim?

FRANK BARTLETT The Park School, Tamworth Staffordshire

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