Parents as inspectors is not the point

3rd February 2012 at 00:00

Today the shadow of a brilliant, passionate and dedicated teacher looks set to fade completely. As her partner for the past 20 years, I now embark upon a period of support and care to ensure that her mental and physical health do not worsen. Never, in her 16 years of teaching, have I seen such a rapid decline in her confidence, self-esteem and happiness.

Ofsted inspection outcomes define her as an "outstanding" practitioner, but under new leadership this accolade appears invalid. Can it be that a new, inexperienced head has the unchallengeable capacity to rip the heart out of a school in the name of raising standards? Can education afford to lose dedicated individuals? Education really can damage your health.

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