Jack* went into teaching because he was passionate about making a difference for children. But now he cannot wait to put the profession behind him after enduring what he describes as a nightmare. Tes reports
A commission on education led by the National Association of Head Teachers has warned how school accountability pressures – Ofsted, league tables and targets – are forcing leaders and teachers out of the profession.
He lost his job following a negative Ofsted report that he felt was unfair. He was suspended while the inspection was still being carried out.
His school had seen a drop in its test results, there was pressure to convert to academy status and an incoming Ofsted inspection.
But for him the consequences were dire.
He was suspended on the second day of the inspection because of concerns about his leadership. When the report came out the school was rated as inadequate.
“I felt the report was grossly unfair. But I didn’t feel I could defend myself. There had been no concerns about my competence before the inspection.
Jack resigned from his job but says he is struggling to understand what happened to him.
“It has been very difficult. Our school had improved results after the Ofsted report came out but I had been suspended and I felt unable to defend myself.”
* Not his real name
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