Online Opinion

3rd August 2012 at 01:00
Readers respond to articles on the TESS website

A plethora of photographic evidence will make me snap (July 27)

- Fantastic article, and 100 per cent correct - if people want to know what the kids have been learning, ask them! I heard the same message about no need for photos or video but, as stated, the practice continues. Why?


- Like many other ideas that once were used sensibly, it has spiralled out of control.


- Couldn't agree more. It proves nothing and has become a burdensome waste of time.

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Lead inspectors who are not qualified to teach hired to judge schools (27 July)

- I can see now why Ofsted inspectors have long resisted teachers' calls that they offer proper advice and demonstrations of good practice. We've known since Ofsted was invented that most of its inspectors hadn't taught for years, but discovering that some of them have never taught is astonishing.


- As a head, if I said to an inspector, "Er, well, I don't have the qualifications of my staff, and not quite sure if they are any good, but hell they have been around for years," I would be sent to the wall. The hypocrisy is stark. This is an absolute disgrace and confirms my belief that this form of regulation is more about the policing of education rather than advocating the quality of it.


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