These are some of the newspaper references to
OFSTED and teacher stress over the last year. Bold type represents
(a) Traumatised teachers hit back: Our
report on the teacher who killed herself after an aggressive OFSTED
inspection has prompted a flood of similar accounts. At least
four teachers have died as a result of stress from school inspections
in the past two years . . . John Bangs, head of education for
the NUT, said: "There is not longer any doubt that OFSTED
screws people up". The Observer, 23 April 2000.
(b) The day of reckoning: nothing
strikes fear into a teachers' heart like the news that the inspectors
are coming. The Guardian, 3 July 2000.
(c) Fear "forcing teachers to quit"
. . . Caroline Wigmore, the new chairwoman of the Professional
Association of Teachers . . . said that teaching staff lived in
fear of being judged incompetent, which led them to put pressure
on their pupils. She added that this resulted in teaching "by
the rules" rather that teachers using their professional
judgement. The Guardian, 2 August 2000.
(d) Fresh start after fear . . .
Teachers, like most people, need to be led, not driven. But Woodhead,
by his own admission, chose fear as the chief means of raising
teachers expectations. The Times Educational Supplement, editorial,
10 November 2000.
(e) Hope for a new humane reign What
Chris Woodhead doesn't acknowledge is that he presided over a
system that was often inhuman and destructive. The angst suffered
by teachers, good, bad, and indifferent, was huge and has been
in part responsible for the present extreme teacher shortages.
Letter in The Times Educational Supplement, 10 November