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Ofsted worries

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by marymoocow, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. marymoocow

    marymoocow Star commenter

    Hi I am due ofsted anyday and am concerned about the judgement we are likely to get due to staff problems. We got outstanding last time but worry we will get barely satisfactory this time.
    Our reception teacher has always managed to pull off a one off good/ outstanding lesson when judged as a reception class in the afternoon. We are a morning only nursery but supposably run it as an FSU. This is the trouble as it doesnt, as the reception teacher chooses to do her own thing too often and doesnt help to set up or do any appropriate provision or support CI time appropriately in the shared areas.
    There is very little to do in her class base so my kids rarely go in there. We then end up with more than our fairshare of both sets of kids in my room as there is more to do. There are areas for development that aren't developing because I can't do it all by myself and I am only PT. The trouble is that because of all these issues of provision and staffing or lack of staffing, it is having an impact on provision in my nursery class, such as continuous outside access and poor provision in some areas. I also do most of the resource ordering even though it is not my job, when she does it, she wastes money on non essentials. We are very poorly resourced and need every penny.
    We have the head on our backs and I often feel stressed because most of the critisms are not my fault. When you are just an ordinary teacher and not in charge there is only so much you can do. She is a good teacher and friend, but is very stressed and not coping very well, so I dont want to create too many waves and make it worse. The last ofsted inspector queried why the reception class wasnt mixed with ours during my observation and I told a white lie and said it was because the reception class were doing something different to the norm at that time and that we do normally mix. I wonder at the outcome if I had told the truth.
    I know nothing is going to change before ofsted, so I guess I am asking how I can limit the damage and protect my own ofsted judgement. I can see if we get satisfactory or worse, which is my real fear, that we will both end up being constantly observed by SMT, advisors etc and pushed to move on.
    I also have strong suspisions that all the paperwork, policies etc are not in place, I've certainly never seen any of it.
    I can't go to the head because I don't trust them, nor do I particularly want to. The reception teacher wants to move on and I would love to apply for her job and have lots of ideas. The trouble is is that I think the head has tarred us both with the same brush, even though I have always had at least good lesson obs and even outstanding for one. Although this would suggest that I don't need to worry, I also know the head is not a EY specialist they only judge my direct teaching, not the rest as they dont understand what they are looking for. Sorry for the long post, but I am getting more and more stressed, to the point of making myself ill during the summer hols.
  2. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Lead commenter

    This is a tricky one, I was in similar circumstances a few years ago when although I was FS manager, I was given the worst teachers in the schol, (including 2 on capability and one untrained GTP). Needless to say we did have a poor OFSTED and they tried to make me the scapegoat, but I was able to show that it wasnt my decision to put those teachers in my phase (my head said it was 'safer' to have them in FS than anywhere else) and I have to say I did quit over it in the end.
    So I can understand your concerns, really it is the head that should be dealing with these issues, if your colleague isnt doing what she should. I know you said you dont trust him/her, but if you do go and see them or ask for a team meeting if you have an EYFS manager, then at least you have logged your concerns..this is what I did. If you dont , and the thing you are worried about happens, your head could easily say to you 'why didnt you say anything?' Sometimes saying something wont change anything, but if you say it often enough, at least they are aware of it, and you can't then be blamed.
    All you can do then is continue to do your best, challenge what you can,try to get discussion going and do the best you can for your group of chidlren. Noone can ask any more.
    Please dont get sick over this, life is too short and it isnt worth it (which is why I did quiti in the end)
  3. marymoocow

    marymoocow Star commenter

    The rational part of me thinks the head already knows who is the problem as she is nicer to me and lately is tending to speak to the reception teacher on her own about concerns, rather than speaking to us together. However the head cant be trusted not to tell the reception teacher that I have gone behind her back, so I really cant talk to the head. I have tried to address some of the issues with the teacher, but this has affected our relationship and things are a bit cool on her part at the moment. Also I know that most of the problem is down to her own mental state.
  4. NellyFUF

    NellyFUF Lead commenter

    been there got the t shirt
    Make a list of things that need to be done before OFSTED arrive - risk assessments, early years policy, transition policy, parental partnership policy, reading policy
    plan for workshop area enhancements even if in your colleague's area class base
    write planning as if you plan together
    jointly moderate your assessments if necessary get non contact time sorted out to do this (I do hope she has Learning Journeys sorted out)
    make sure assessments are up to date and evaluated
    And then chillax
    if OFSTED come knocking be very very positive - sheer Polyanna - do not give them a foothold in the negative vibes
    and keep posting so we can cheer you up

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