No sympathy for OFSTED bleaters

25th February 2000 at 00:00
WELL, I'm glad to see the TES is keeping up the fine tradition of publishing minority viewpoints and I have to say the article "Being an OFSTED inspector is tougher than it looks," (Friday magazine, February 11) is a king-sized cast-iron certainty for the minority view of the year award!

Let me give you this teacher's point of view. We don't like "the parasites prepared to work as Office for Standards in Education inspectors" (Miss Givings got that one absolutely right in yet another brilliant cartoon).

We don't like people who got out of the classroom as soon as possible and then bleat on about how good it is "Being with chidren".

We don't like people who bleat on about how tough it is and how little pay there is in inspecting.

Miss Stubbs, if you think its tough on pound;13 per hour just remember a teacher on pound;23,000 working the sort of hours they have to do in order to do their jobs, gets about the same or less per hour and not to put too fine a point on it they also have to put up with you and your fellow inspectors. At least you are spared that!

You really must be joking! If teaching was so good why did you give it up? If OFSTED inspecting is so stressful why are you still doing it?

Brian Waggett. 20 Melrose Avenue. Southport

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