Why stay to be pilloried?

19th March 2004 at 00:00
Ted Wragg is right to bring attention to how self-evaluation will be twisted into forms of self-confession under the new Office for Standards in Education regulations (TES, March 5). In effect they will impose a permanent Ofsted regime on schools, particularly if schools lie under the shadow of short notice warnings from the inspectorate.

Elsewhere in The TES this week was a report from Hay about schools being more effective where teachers are more critical of each other's performance. Why would anyone put themselves in that position if they and their schools are going to be pilloried for honest professional evaluation? The law of unforeseen consequences runs through education because too many agencies, themselves unaccountable, are holding the frontline workers to account. One thing is clear, however; greater instability as teachers enter and leave the service at a faster rate.

Bill Anderson

11A School Road

Moseley

Birmingham

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now