Crying out for a break from Ofsted's 'overblown regime'

15th January 2010 at 00:00

Mike Kent noted that senior managers will be invited to sit alongside inspectors during lesson observations and wonders "how a nervous teacher will feel about two heavies watching her".

I have taught for 19 years in a secondary and I was observed by just such a pairing last summer. After planning my socks off, my door swung open halfway through a lesson. In came the inspector and one of our assistant heads. They sat at the back of the room and scribbled furiously as I tried to ignore them.

The lesson had been going well before they arrived. I came to a point where I wanted the students to practise a task, went to get the papers and thought I had the wrong task. If no one was watching, I'd have asked the pupils to log on, then quickly popped into my office and picked up the correct task. However, I just froze, then dithered, and confused the students about what I wanted them to do. The furious writing by my observers continued. I wanted to die.

It was just as well that I had retirement planned because I don't think I could have continued in this job. I know that I was a good teacher, I just couldn't do it while I was being "watched".

Secondary teacher, (North of England), Name and address withheld.

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