Our school had its Office for Standards in Education inspection three weeks ago. As with all inspections we were only given the required few weeks to prepare all the documentation to send.
You can imagine how the extra work, long hours and stress consumed us all. I was pregnant, tried to take it easy and not to get stressed.
On the last day of the inspection I started to have pains in my abdomen. I found out a few days later that my baby had died during OFSTED week (my GP sent me for a scan).
I am extremely bitter about all the hard work and effort I put into just one week. And yes, I know what everyone will think, the doctors can't pinpoint exatly what caused the miscarriage.
However, they can no more prove the stress and overwork of the OFSTED inspection didn't cause my baby to die than I can prove it - but is it just too much of a coincidence?
Isn't it about time that everyone realised that this is just a job? No one else in any other profession puts as much time, commitment and energy into the job as teachers do.
What real rewards do we get compared with all that we have to endure?
I feel that OFSTED needs to acknowledge its role in the deterioration of all of our lives. No wonder so many teachers are flocking out, I'm not far behind!
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