Hi Very angry core subject HOD having a rant. The school has just failed every bit of the Ofsted (big surprise not!). The report slammed my department totally. I know not everything was perfect but the inspectors didn't even see us teach!!! The SMT had the daft Idea of taking our worst groups on 'educational day trips' to wherever! The Inspectors came in when our difficult groups were off out. Books were looked at and progress levels etc..... Humiliating questions asked of my teachers and TA's and the inspectors were rude to my colleagues. Idiot SMT person didn't back us up or warn us. OFSTED never returned to see us teach an actual class. Our progress levels have never been criticised by SMT . Our marking had been held up as 'outstanding' by the DHT and as far as we knew everything in that area was on track. We do have behaviour and absentee problems as do all depts except one. The SMT won't back us up on missing lessons or behaviour problems. Our paper work is totally reflective of what is going on and I am proud that my staff answered questions honestly. We don't cheat, we don't fiddle levels or falsify results or brush problems under the carpet! Despite all the problems we face we still get the best subject results in the school bar one very small option group. The HT had the audacity to have a go at our dept in the post report staff meeting. I did remind her exactly what went on and where her policies fell down, so she shut up. I am really p---- off with OFSTED, is there anything I can do to point out that the way the inspection was done was at fault too. Can OFSTED be taken to task?