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Brighter pupils make getting top ratings easier, Ofsted admits

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Weald56, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. Weald56

    Weald56 Established commenter

  2. is2

    is2 Occasional commenter

    Yep. And it's not uncommon for senior management to give the easier classes to those teachers they favour, and the classes full of disruptive pupils to those who are not part of the 'in crowd' as much.
    lilachardy likes this.
  3. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Gosh! You mean.... brighter pupils make better progress and get better grades so that if all schools are judged on the same blunt criteria, those with brighter pupils do better?

    " they simply compare less privileged schools to more privileged schools. [Less privileged schools] are always on a losing streak and an uneven playing field"

    I'm surprised no-one noticed earlier, did no teachers mention this? Whatever would we do without Ofsted to point out the bleedin' obvious 10 years too late.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  4. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Oh goodness me! Do they mean that some children are more able than others? Well, I wish I'd known that years ago and I wouldn't have flogged myself trying to get everyone to make the required (at the time) levels of progress!

    Where did this revelation come from?

    So we teachers were right all along then. It really makes a difference if you have an able cohort! Who would have thunk it!
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Considering how discredited Ofsted now are... how are they still going?

    Oh wait, they're a useful tool to beat on teachers with.
  6. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    That is getting some interest on Facebook, the most common comment refers to the absence of excreta being explained to Sherlock Holmes.
  7. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    I understand this news has caused Middlemarch's stairs to collapse!
    monicabilongame likes this.
  8. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    I would have just stuck with 'they're a bunch of tools'.
  9. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    I love how TES have put this under the heading 'Breaking News'!
  10. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I believe the Pontiff also attends worship in Catholic churches and that pork products can be obtained from the neither quarters of a pig.
  11. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    Basil Fawlty: Next contestant, Mrs. Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Specialist subject - the bleeding obvious.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  12. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    A supply agency told me Friday they might have a position in a local school and ... to sweeten it... that it's an outstanding school.

    The words left me cold. Doesn't mean it's outstanding for the staff... or for the kids...

    Means the SLT jumped through the Ofsted hops correctly. They jumped oh so high.
    Yoda- likes this.
  13. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

  14. Twinklefoottoe

    Twinklefoottoe Senior commenter

    All grammar schools should be linked to the two worst performing schools in their area, and then the result of an Ofsted inspection should be based on all three schools only, without identifying the grammar school separately. Of course grammar and independent schools are going to be easier to get good or outstanding. Their pupils don't play up every lesson. They don't have 20 or so students who should probably be sectioned, and another 20 who belong in a youth offenders institute. Where do the vast majority of non- English speaking immigrants get dumped? It's not at your local grammar school. Grammars have all the advantages and few of the problems that the schools with the left over dregs have.
  15. drek

    drek Star commenter

    Well hmi/ofsted and the dfe have encouraged and given carte blanche to management teams to get rid of the real outstanding teachers, coming up with ridiculous reasons for it in the bargain.
    Your students are not making enough progress because you did not use purple pens, you did not ask a 14 year old with a reading age of 6 a challenging enough question...
    What would be a challenging 'enough' question? we cry
    I don't know they respond. I dont teach your subject. But the government says I'm an expert. So that is my 'considered' opinion. We smile and bow in collective reverence of these extraordinary beings and their judgemental bs
    Mangleworzle likes this.

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