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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by sabrinakat, Feb 22, 2017.
It's been a fun day.
Just what you could have done without sabrinakat.
Did SMT really have no notice either?
Do they really still do these?
Maybe I should panic everyday!
(Or not. I'm on supply....but a 6 week block.)
Surely you got day before notice?
My thoughts are with you.
Nope - it's ISI (independent school); email came down from the deputy head during first period - it actually hasn't been that bad (the deputy has a very English dry sense of humour, fortunately), but a bit disconcerting to have somebody pop into a lesson for 10 minutes. I was observed twice - one was an incredibly boring Y11 GCSE past paper revision (and I made a mistake on the PPT, which I pointed out to the students that due to the marking system that it was only a minor error but to always check their work (I joked that perhaps half-term wasn't the best time to prepare PPTs) and a Y10 class where they were doing flashcard vocabulary amongst themselves and we worked on derivations in English to help them remember. Really thrilling stuff....
But Ofsted aren't supposed to want thrills, they're supposed to want good teaching that will benefit the children. Have to go into the sky to find my pig now...
Would a flying cat be more appropriate?
Didn't know ISI did these.
I'm all relaxed this week...too shattered to be anything else!
I might even get them to do some colouring in today! (I'll just call it minfulness if someone comes in!)
Did all go well?
My friend works in an independent school and she says ISI inspections aren't like ofsted at all, more like the old HMI inspections,more realistic expectations, check and offer advice. This was 10 years ago so might have changed.
With no notice, they should expect to see tests, practice papers etc.
I think I would get my kids into the habit of no notice tests and give one on an inspection day!
There's only one way to cope with a no notice inspection - take no notice of it.
We have them coming up for the next 2 weeks. Don't worry, they said they weren't judging us.
Ah, I see. When I taught in independent we had ofsted not ISI...though I had heard of it.
No notice? We had a good three or four days before our ISI inspection. Enough for me, as a new HoD, to write the department handbook that my predecessor hadn't updated for the best part of a decade.
Depends on the type of Indie.
Your friend is correct.
ISI start from the premise that 'of course the school is excellent' and then just take off bits here and there if they can't find the evidence. It's basically up to the school not to stuff it up and all will be well. They are also more open to 'well that was clearly an excellent lesson, you can 'just tell', rather than having a tick list of requirements.
Ofsted start from the bottom and you have to prove you are above utterly inadequate in every single little tick box way.
If only Ofsted had a similar approach.