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I walked out of interview when they gave me this task...

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by j_pink, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. j_pink

    j_pink New commenter

    How can you ensure your area of responsibility is Outstanding within the Outstanding category?

    I said that was far too many outstandings for my liking and not why I joined the profession. Where is the word 'child'?
    The Head was about 25. Okay, I exaggerate. Maybe 31. I got in my car and drove straight to an RI school for a meeting with the Head. On entering the school, a young girl nearly booted a door down in front of me. Ah, that's more like it!
    It took me seeing that Outstanding school to realise why I don't want to work in one.
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Completely get it - at least it was not ' beyond outstanding - ha !
    pepper5, Anonymouse4 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter



    Are they mad?

    Best wishes

  4. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

  5. ld7675

    ld7675 Occasional commenter

    My school is determined to get the big O at all costs, I feel that the needs of the children are overlooked at the expense of progress. Looking elsewhere.
    pepper5, sparkleghirl and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  6. casperyc

    casperyc New commenter

    I am more interested in after you walked out, did you get the job?
    pepper5 likes this.
  7. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Yeah...course you are.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  8. thekizzaa

    thekizzaa New commenter

    Can we make this guy an admin, please?
  9. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter


    It is a good tactic that English school managers like. It shows decisiveness. Second only to spitting on your palm before shaking their hands

    Be sure to employ both techniques to increase your chances in any interview
    CWadd, DYNAMO67 and Middlemarch like this.
  10. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    i have worked in three (or if i include my present school four) schools where the head while approaching retirement, was desperately seeking outstanding. In every case, they focused so hard on Ofsted ticks that they forgot the basics of good education. As a result all three of the previous schools got RI following a previous Good+ grading. In the first, I missed the inspection as I was part time, in the second the inspection happened a term or two after they shifted out all us "awkward" experienced teacher and they failed mainly for "weak behaviour management due to having too few experienced teachers". In the third, I was on supply and was able to observe the inspection as almost a neutral observer.
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  11. poltergeist

    poltergeist New commenter

    My favourite is 'our journey to outstanding'. Makes me want to stab myself in the eye with a whiteboard marker.
  12. abacus1982

    abacus1982 Established commenter

    It's when schools also say they want 75%/80% etc of teaching to be outstanding. If 75% is outstanding then that becomes the normal which means it is no longer outstanding as the word outstanding means better than normal. If everyone is outstanding then none of them stand out from each other.
  13. thekizzaa

    thekizzaa New commenter

    They're clearly Goveists, and want every school to be "better than average"
  14. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    I think I prefer schools that develop a USP (Unique Selling Point ) such as having the only Magic and Origami lessons in England. Ofsted are on the look out for innovation as well as outstanding teaching etc.
    pepper5 and Kermie42 like this.
  15. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    Love it OP!
    pepper5 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  16. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    Or you could have said that, as a literate person, you could not.
  17. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    Maybe she was trying to be outstanding, and thought that is what standing out (side) meant. That's why her school requires improvement.
  18. j_pink

    j_pink New commenter

    There's an Oustanding school recruiting if you're both interested. You're perfect for the job, what with that tone...

    SEBREGIS Lead commenter

    Ah, Paduans, the riddle of Outstanding, this is:

    When sought for it's own sake, achieved, it cannot be.
    When the younglings are taught well, for their sake, achieved it is.

    Blind to this, SLT is. Too dark up their own backsides, it is.

    Get me started on Multi Academy Chains, want to, you do not.


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