Teachers told not to go alone to ‘brutal’ Ofsted checks

The NEU teaching union has told Ofsted’s chief inspector Amanda Spielman that teachers who do not receive extra time or pay for their work as subject leaders should not be held responsible for the quality of teaching across a school in that subject. Tes reports.

It has published new guidance today advising its members that if they do not get non-contact time or support for their work as a subject leader, then they should not attend meetings with Ofsted inspectors without a senior member of school staff present.

The union warned that the new Ofsted framework, which focuses on particular subjects to assess the curriculum as part of the school’s quality of education, has placed “unfair and unworkable” demands on teachers who work as subject leads – particularly in primary school.

The union’s joint general secretary Mary Bousted said: “The new inspection framework has clearly been designed with secondary school management structures and resources in mind. In primary schools, a teacher who takes on two or even three ‘subject leads’ can now be expected to be grilled by Ofsted inspectors in a manner that gives no consideration to their diverse and heavy workload, nor their employment status.”

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