We have just been informed by our head that she needs to observe us all this term. However, instead of the usual pre-arranged date and time, she has told us that new guidance states that observations must happen at any time during a period of one or two weeks, to replicate the scenario that ofsted might just turn up in the car park unannounced one morning. We now have the prospect of the head 'dropping in' to observe without any warning at any time during a two week period towards the end of term. The focus of the observation will be 'good quality teaching', looking at books and talking to children during the observation. Has anyone else experienced this? How do the unions view this move? There can be few jobs where staff are treated so badly and with such lack of respect - does whoever dreamed this up have any idea how incredibly stressful this will be for teachers? I am staggered and appalled by the way we are being treated these days, we seem to be 'public enemy number one' and not worthy of even basic standards of staff welfare - it seems the government just wants to give us a good kicking. Has anyone else been told the same?