Overheard in the staffroom

9th September 2005 at 01:00
The TES online forums are a hotbed of debate. Here is just a taste of what users are saying this week. Join the discussion at: www.tes.co.ukstaffroom Pilots of new Ofsted inspections

poppy123: I know a primary school that has just had a pilot and a total of three lessons were seen. The inspectors also wrote to the kids afterwards with their findings. Better or worse than the system now?

Kittikat: Self-evaluation should always be in place - how about spending Ofsted inspectors' wages on how to evaluate your school and write an effective SDP?

Wombat74: The self-evaluation process has been pretty soul-destroying in some respects (having to be accountable for every possible area of weakness) and very time-consuming but, I have to admit, valuable. Have consulted with two different consultants and numerous other people both within and outside the school, have really tidied up (and confronted) paperwork and procedures.

Just had one of the pilot inspections. Ofsted arrived and left within three days, only inspecting on two of those days. Many departments do not receive a visit and those that do may only be seen for 20 minutes!

Name learning

ZZub: I sit every class with a rigid seating plan, and they cannot get out of it, and I have the plan on my desk, and no one knows that I don't know their name. If I get it wrong, they are in the wrong seat.

Terzo: I actually take pictures of each of my students and make a seating plan using them. I laminate them and put Velcro on the back, then I can change it whenever I want to.

Dogsbody: For the first couple of lessons, I ask the pupils to say their name before answering a question. I also try to remember names at the end of each lesson. As I remember their name, they're allowed to leave the room.

Ofsted jolly at theme park

Rustybug: A couple of weeks ago I went to a Theme Park near London. It costs pound;30 for an adult to get in. As I left I noticed a sign saying "Welcome Ofsted".

Ilovesooty: Perhaps they put a load of inspectors at the top of the Big Dipper and pushed them over.

These comments are the personal opinions of individual contributors

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