Ofsted's focus seems to be on the learning that is done in a lesson rather than the teaching

30th June 2006 at 01:00
Selwyn Ward is the TES's inspection 'agony uncle', answering your questions on the new Ofsted process

Ofsted's focus seems to be on the learning that is done in a lesson rather than the teaching, and most of my pupils seem to be totally unteachable.

So, if I get rated badly because they haven't learnt anything, will this follow me through my career or does it just stay within the school?

Your lesson grades are not tattooed on your forehead. The individual lesson grades are confidential and certainly should not be used for any other purpose. Good or bad, they should not follow you around from school to school -especially since the grades given in feedback now are for lessons not just teaching, and they should never, even under the old framework, be considered as judgments on the teacher. I worry though, and would question, the notion that most of your pupils are unteachable, although some, clearly, are more difficult to teach than others.

Selwyn Ward draws on many years of experience in both primary and secondary schools, but the views expressed here are his own. You can raise any queries or worries that you have about inspection by logging on to the TES website at www.tes.co.uksectionstaffroom

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