One teacher told Tes she had written to Ofsted’s chief inspector Amanda Spielman complaining that her school’s inspection was “aggressive and soul destroying” and could drive committed teachers out of the profession.
Sarah Vickers, a director of inclusion at a comprehensive academy in Hertfordshire, inspected this month said: “More than one member of staff, who was subjected to their interview process, used the word ‘brutal’ to describe their meeting with an inspector.
Another key change which school leaders have highlighted is the 90 minute conversation which a head teacher has with the lead inspector the day before inspection begins.
Trish Farrelly, the principal of Gossops Green Primary, in Crawley told Tes the opening conversation shaped much of the rest of the inspection.
She said: “I would advise heads to prepare what you want to get across about your school.
“When the inspector arrived she summarised what she thought I had said but added that ‘she didn’t believe a word I had said without seeing the evidence’ so yes I think that 90-minute conservation definitely frames the inspection.”
Read the full article as teachers and headteachers share their first impressions of Ofsted’s new curriculum focused school inspections Verdict on Ofsted changes: Brutal, better, intense
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