‘My career ended before Ofsted had even left the school’

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

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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  1. Anonymous

    Jack had not understood that Ofsted inspectors are always right. Even when they are patently wrong they are always officially right. It used to be that only the Pope was infallible. Now Ofsted inspectors have donned that mantle.

    Actual example. Ofsted Inspector decided that in some classes children paid insufficient attention to the teachers. The head and senior teachers had never seen this, the LA adviser had never seen this, a peer review by a group of local heads didn’t see it. Of no consequence … what Ofsted says goes.

  2. Mara Crisium

    Blame NAHT for allowing Ofsted to gain this abusive power in the first place.
    My wife was a teacher – I persuaded her to leave teaching because state education had become so politicised and political capital deriving from perceived success of political “initiatives” was more important than the wellbeing of the child. Ofsted is just a blunt tool for effecting political change within the 5-year political cycle. Human beings do not become Ofsted inspectors (or indeed County Council School Improvement employees) – these are roles for thugs who want to earn well.
    If NAHT put the interests of the child before the misguided self-image of “senior management” who should not take industrial action neither Headteachers nor children would be the victims of political whim.

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