Hi all, before I begin I'll just state that I am not exactly looking for answers here to this post, just feel like getting this off my chest in the company of some fellow teachers. I work in a small school, independent SEN/EBD school and we have - including our Head Teacher - only 7 teaching staff. We all teach 2/3 subjects at GCSE, Entry Level and where appropriate some Unit Awards. Having only 7 teaching staff means that we need to rely on each other and we need to be sure that each member of staff is really pulling their own weight. In a small group there really is nowhere to hide incompetency. We recently had an ofsted inspection which went really well. We found out about it 3 days prior to their visit (with a weekend in between), so we had a decent amount of time to prepare - although anyone who has been through an inspection before will know that 3 days could be 3 weeks or could be 3 months when it comes to ofsted as there is always something you haven't quite done or think you could have prepared for better. Anyway, for the 3 days we had to prepare, the majority of my colleagues stayed late (12 o'clock each night) and we all worked over the weekend too. All of us except one member. This member of staff is a full time teacher of one subject and is also responsible for organizing and partly arranging the schemes of work for two others (although he does not teach these subjects). As we were going through all of our paperwork, the Head Teacher discovered that he had not completed massive parts of his paperwork; including lesson plans, schemes of work nor had he bothered to compile anassessment file or carry out any assessment on the pupils. It was quite shocking. What was also discovered was that in year before he had been responsible for teaching a subject to the Year 11s, that he had not bothered to teach at all. What resulted was myself and another colleague scrambling his paperwork together at the last minute, otherwise we may have failed our inspection. We have now realized just how much of this lazy man's slack we have been picking up for the last two years. We have spoken to our Head but so far there has been no action taken. This is obviously a case of gross misconduct, isn't it. However, this member of staff is due to drop his working hours after the summer due to family commitments and we are now all worried that an already disengaged member of staff will become even more disengaged and again we will all be put under pressure to pick up the slack of a member of staff who is incapable of doing his job correctly. I love my job and I become extremely frustrated with someone who, IMHO, should step aside and let someone who wants to do the job and is capable step in.