Inspection stress worse for women

23rd June 1995 at 01:00
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.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today