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Most useless or bizarre piece of Ofsted feedback...

Discussion in 'Ofsted inspections' started by WD, May 13, 2005.

  1. Him: I have to be honest with you, I don't really know anything about *subject* or what level is what, but I think that was far too easy.

    I'd already stopped caring when he said "I don't know anything..". I showed he HoD afterwards, who informed me that if I'd told her in advance what I had planned for that lesson she'd have told me not to do it because it would be far too difficult for the students. Can't win.
  2. bogstandardcomp

    bogstandardcomp New commenter

    Is it time for some new nonsense?
  3. Goat2

    Goat2 New commenter

    And ones from the Dark Side!!

    Appalling science teacher trying to impress, I was sitting with the Y10s on the back row

    "What do you normally do Sir?"

    "train science teachers"

    "God! You'll find this one bloody boring!"


    The lesson progressing well with concept maps etc but the table by me seem puzzled.

    " What are you meant to be completeing with these?"

    " Dunno Sir, Mr XY never used these before, reckon it's something Mr AB has told him about!"


    A lesson on making buggies in Y8 science. The TA and her statemented student have no idea what the objective is, what the istructions are and so settled down to create their own lesson ( and he wondered why he got unsatisfactory!)

    Netx day I am in his Y11 ISA class and it rapidly transpires the group have not been prepped for the activities, or are normally left with SFA instructions. Result is very little work can be achieved and he blows his top! Evidence No2 as to why he gets the inadequate!


    Primary inspection and I am am listening to Y5 readersd (multitasking TI am I) Young lad comes in, Record Book all signed and up to date.

    " I'm t'read tha this book"

    " Okay so you appear to have got through it quickly"

    "Na, have to live with gran 'cos Mum's away. She just sits in her chair so I stick the book behind the bin and then sign off before I hand it in to Miss".

    So it can be fun on the Dark Side.......................................
  4. How is this bizarre?
  5. So anybody who isn't a subject specialist is not qualified to give feedback? I'm sure you can't mean this.
  6. feedback: the lesson would have been outstanding if the computer tables (which are drilled into the ground) were further apart and the interactive whiteboard was larger.
    Northern_Miss and sparkleghirl like this.
  7. Feedback: I did a lesson with a PPT-learning objectives/starter/big picture/learning outcomes./progress checks...(as we are well drilled) and the English Inspector smiled benignly and said' It was rather pedestrian.'
    Northern_Miss likes this.
  8. moodhoover

    moodhoover New commenter

    "I'll be honest with you; your lessons and the books I saw were outstanding but we can't include you in the report because that will contradict our findings for T&L throughout the school. " total BS
  9. Benchster

    Benchster New commenter

    I lacked oomph!!
  10. Wasn't Ofsted but a colleague was once told by LA Inspector that the room was too hot and a couple more windows should have been opened.
  11. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    In fairness, this kind of thing can help us- when an inspector commented that the room was too cold, our managers actually tried to sort it out. Once worked somewhere that didn't bother fixing my board for 3 months-maybe a negative offy comment would have sorted it. And maybe not...
    Northern_Miss likes this.
  12. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    Should have been clearer then-the room had no heating, which isn't great in February...
  13. JorisBhonson

    JorisBhonson New commenter

    " It just didn't really make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end."
    Northern_Miss likes this.
  14. brighton56

    brighton56 Occasional commenter

    I know this is an INCREDIBLY old post but look at the difference in 11 years. Very common in classrooms now.
    s10327 and Landofla like this.
  15. Startedin82

    Startedin82 Established commenter

    7 years ago I was told that the door from the kitchens onto the playground (which is a fire exit) should be locked at all times.

    It was also suggested to me that the 100 year old stone walls around the school were too climbable by children as they could get a foothold on the stones.

    Northern_Miss and jarndyce like this.
  16. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    When I had someone who had never taught my subject telling me I should have talked about xyz-clearly not knowing what he was talking about (and proving he knew less than my Year 7s)-yes I'm sure s/he can mean this! Just as I don't trot down to the local AE and tell the medics they're doing everything wrong!
    And that I'm being paid a fortune (from taxpayers-how many 1:1 tutors could we employ if we got rid of judgmental observations) to undermine decent, caring professionals.
    Sadly some teachers have said they've considered killing themselves due to Ofsted,so it's not all a joke. My child also lost amazing teachers who said they left because they couldn't stand what the profession has become due to teachers being observed.
    henrypm0 likes this.
  17. Starsarah

    Starsarah New commenter

    I got told my voice was too high pitched when I shout - maybe I should start taking testosterone just for year 9 bottom set on a Friday afternoon??
    Northern_Miss, rehaank and helpline2 like this.
  18. snowflakesfalling

    snowflakesfalling Occasional commenter

    29 years ago my tutor told me I'd never make it as a teacher....well nah, nah, ne, nah, nah!
  19. helpline2

    helpline2 New commenter

  20. helpline2

    helpline2 New commenter

    Actually one of the OFSTED scum who came to criticise me wasn't a qualified teacher and his criticisms tended to reflect that fact. Do they get a bonus for the number of nervous breakdowns they cause or does it have to be a heart attack?

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