Managers should suffer our classroom strains

12th April 1996 at 01:00
With quality control in mind, I want to suggest that all Office for Standards in Education inspectors, local education authority advisers and managers should spend every fifth year in the classroom as a teacher.

This would ensure that teachers would respect OFSTED reports, because the inspectors would have passed their own key stage test: recent, first-hand experience.

Inspectors would then suffer the stresses of disruptive pupils, parents vocal about their rights, an overloaded curriculum, and the overrated benefits of endless planning.

Teachers might be committed to ideas that had been tried out in the classroom, instead of those forced on us by so-called educationists.

I fear that the resulting drop in applications to become OFSTED inspectors would jeopardise the system. I also suspect that teachers would enjoy their profession again.

JOAN FLOOD First school teacher 20 Collier Lane, Baildon Shipley, West Yorkshire

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