Memorandum from the Brent Teachers Association
Some time ago I produced a document when our
school, Copland Community School and Technology Centre, faced
its first inspection. Please find a copy enclosed for your consideration.
Some of the details are now irrelevant, in essence however, the
objections are the same. Even though our school did well in its
first inspection and excellently in our second (our Headteacher
was knighted), the staff room view of the Ofsted system is unanimously
Like "Railtrack", "Ofsted"
is a losing brand name that can never recover or regain a good
name with the profession. The stress caused by Ofsted has been
well documentedlevels of sickness rise dramatically after
an Ofsted inspection. Ways forward are usually the same as have
already been identified in the school development plan so rarely
are new proposals of raising levels of achievement suggested.
It should be disbanded and a new system put in its place, based
on proper consultation with teachers, teacher unions and education
It is a misunderstanding to believe that teachers
and teacher unions do not believe in or want a rigorous inspection
system. However, it must be fair, not terrorising, open and transparent
and aim to promote self-evaluation. This might help to build teacher
morale and increase the numbers not only wanting to teach, but,
more importantly in the current teacher shortage crisis, wanting
to remain in the profession.
Brent Teachers Association Secretary (NUT)
Brent Branch Secretary (ATL)
Organising Secretary Professional Unity 2000
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