The OFSTED Visit

Do you want to know a secret? Our instructions are: “Do not tell anyone about the OFSTED visit on Social Media.” Sorry this is England not North Korea. If you’re not English, notice I don’t say British, that’s because the Scots and the Welsh are preparing to leave the Union and because we’re dumping Europe to be Mr Trump’s friend. I know, it’s like a Carry On Film, laugh if you want, the rest of the world is, so I’m preparing to be English. Anyway if you’re not English you might wonder who OFSTED are? We used to call them School Inspectors. They say that an OFSTED inspector is akin to a Eunuch, they know how it should be done, they see it done everyday but they can’t do it themselves. As former teachers they interpret Animal Farm as an instruction booklet rather than a novel.

It was entertaining to see the smoke and mirrors appear, even more entertaining to see the inspectors turn up with a fan and a hammer. The plan was that they visit for two days and if it looks like you may be Outstanding they stay for four days and bring in reinforcements. Our inspectors left after two days. When they got to our construction department they kept saying they didn’t understand how we linked one subject to another. Now if you’ve been following me for a while you know I’m not the cleverest fairy in the forest. I mean FFS I teach kids how to knock nails in wood, y’know? It isn’t advanced Maths. So now they have gone, we are officially a Good College, the chickens appear to have regained their heads and have stopped running around in circles, peace is returned and its nearly Christmas. Hurrah!!

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25 Responses to The OFSTED Visit

  1. zendogsits says:

    Living in the states (Note I do not say United states – we are far from united these days!), it seems like this country is being run by an rabid group of OFSTED members. – “We know best. No, we do not have any experience in this area, but you must do it our way.” My current fear is that it will not end, but continue for another four years, and by then any semblance of democracy will be gone.

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    • Yes, you understand perfectly then and thank you for the engagement ๐Ÿ˜€ I believe our biggest issue (as mere mortals in this fiasco) is the lack of โ€˜realโ€™ leadership men or women of integrity and courage. Churchill and Roosevelt must be turning in their graves ๐Ÿฅด

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  2. Invisibly Me says:

    An OFSTED inspector likened to a eunuch, thatโ€™s the first time Iโ€™m laughed so much this week! Glad things worked out well. For the school, not for Britain/England. That’s not going so well. x

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  3. S. says:

    Happy Sunday โค

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  4. Well at least the OFSTED visit went well.. it’s always a good thing to shake things up.. stops complacency.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. As an educator myself I can confirm that OFSTED have completely and comprehensively trashed our schools.
    The Data Have Landed
    First they said they needed data about the children
    To find out what they’ve been learning,
    Then they said they needed data about the children
    To make sure they were learning.
    Then they children only learnt what could be turned into data.
    Then the children became data.
    (Michael Rosen)

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  6. K E Garland says:

    Good grief! We have a similar accreditation process for colleges/universities. I thought it was just the States! Glad to see we’re not alone :-/

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  7. Look on the bright side – you have an exciting career change ahead and all that stuff is for someone else top worry about. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. nitinsingh says:

    Happy New year ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡

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  9. Carolyn Page says:

    Good to see that someone is keeping you on your toes, Charlie. I mean, who doesn’t like to stand ‘taller’? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. Kally says:

    Well written post!

    I hope this year will be
    One that you look forward to with glee.
    One that will see your dreams come true
    And one that will bring enjoyment to you.
    Happy 2020!

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  12. majaalifee says:


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  13. englepip says:

    Oh For State Education Directives that actually work and bring back joy to the classroom; that doesn’t turn children into data as Michael Rosen says in the poem above!

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