Good practice sustained on an overdraft

5th April 1996 at 01:00
Our school was subjected to an inspection by the Office for Standards in education in February. The report states that "overall the school is efficient in the use of its resources and provides good value for money".

The first issue for action in the report was to "continue to maintain the significant good practice identified in this report". This would seem a reasonable suggestion, however, in the last year we achieved this "efficiency" and "good value" by overspending our allocation by Pounds 20,000 from our reserves.

Both music and special needs were singled out for praise in the report. We have two part-time teachers who lead in these areas. Next term I have to re-deploy the special needs teacher and the music teacher to take a class.

If the purpose of OFSTED is to raise standards it is nonsensical to ignore the effects of the erosion of school budgets.

However well we plan, organise, and manage there is a limit to our ability to compensate for reduced funding.

SARAH WORSTER Headteacher The Windmill first school Margaret Road Headington Oxford

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now