On the naughty step - Conduct that deserves a ticking off

7th September 2012 at 01:00

This week: Sir Michael Wilshaw

It seems you can barely open a newspaper these days without seeing the face of Her Majesty's chief inspector of schools looking back at you. Since taking up his role at the helm of Ofsted, Sir Michael has been a near permanent fixture in the media, as a result of both the raft of changes he has made and a gift for media-friendly one-liners about Clint Eastwood.

But heads and teachers across the country could have been forgiven for thinking that, for the summer holidays at least, they would be spared the sight of Sir Michael's levelling stare over their Corn Flakes. How wrong they were.

Her Majesty's chief inspector popped up in the most unlikely of places last week by appearing on daytime TV favourite Homes Under the Hammer. The programme was a rerun from 2010, when Sir Michael was still head of Mossbourne Community Academy in East London, but it would have still put the frighteners on many a teacher desperately trying not to think about school in the final days of their summer holidays.

The episode featured the chief inspector snapping up a Georgian cottage in Greenwich, South London, and turning it into his dream home. And those teachers who weren't scared into changing the channel at the first sight of Sir Michael's face would have swiftly become embittered on seeing just how much the former head had his property valued at: a fist-gnawing #163;600,000. Just #163;250,00 more than he paid for it.

So, for terrifying teachers still in their pyjamas while simultaneously turning them green with envy, it is to the naughty step with you, Sir Michael.

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, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today