PR Weekly reports that education inspectorate Ofsted has claimed a myth-busting campaign aimed at stopping “misinformation” about the organisation among teachers, has successfully debunked many of the most pervasive myths.
The non-ministerial government department launched the scheme 18 months ago to give advice to teachers about what it does – and doesn’t – expect of them during the inspection process and to address any negativity towards Ofsted.
Ofsted director of education, Sean Harford said most of the myths they were attempting to debunk had been successfully tackled. For instance, 81 per cent of teachers know that Ofsted don’t require individual lesson plans and 70 per cent are aware that Ofsted don’t grade individual lessons, according to a survey of teachers released last month (July).
In addition to raising awareness through social media, Ofsted has created a series of myth-busting videos, which have been viewed around 38,000 times to date, and there have been more than 25,000 downloads of an ‘inspection myths’ pdf document.
Cait Mellow, Ofsted’s digital communications manager, told PRWeek: “We have a pressing need to counteract the misinformation that spreads among teachers. This misinformation often leads to teachers doing work especially for Ofsted, which is not actually required and only adds to their workload unnecessarily. We know that teacher workload has a massive impact on teacher recruitment and retention, so we have a duty, where possible, to reduce this burden.”
Have you watched their videos and read their ‘inspection myths’ document? What did you think? Do you appreciate what Ofsted do? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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