Inspectors are not that well off

25th February 2000 at 00:00
WHERE indeed does all the money go! Just for the record, may I point out that proportionately not as much goes into the purses and pockets of Office for Standards in Education inspectors as your salary listings may suggest (TES, February 11).

It is true that team inspectors are paid from pound;200 to pound;250 per day, although for most of the time it is nearer to the first figure than the second.

But the "per day" refers only to days spent in school during the inspection.

It takes no account of the time spent in preparation beforehand; and in the case of any secondary of more than 400 pupils the material to be studied and the arrangements to be made can easily take two days. The subsequent writing up of reports - and most team inspectors report on an aspect as well as their subject(s) - takes at least another day to complete, even with the assitance of a full complement of technological support, such as word processors and the Internet.

Each inspector is assumed to have a laptop- in fact these are a sine qua non for those undertaking work on short inspections - but no government funding or support is available to buy these.

To my knowledge no contractor has paid travelling, accommodation and subsistence for the past two years.

On the face of it it may appear generous to pay pound;900 for a four-day inspection stint: but perhaps it is less so when this becomes effectively around pound;120 per day worked, less an average of pound;140 for board and lodging during the inspection period. A far cry from Chris Woodhead's pound;300 for each day of the year!

No self-respecting supply teacher would get out of bed for that.

Alan McMurray. 30 Balmoral Avenue. Shepshed, Leicestershire.

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