1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Unprofessional conduct... Asked to lie in an Ofsted inspection.

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by cleproy, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. I currently work as an AST in the London Area. Having started my secondment to a struggling school in North London; I had been there for one day a week for four weeks; I was apprehended at the end of my Year 11 parents evening by my Principal. He asked me if I could go into my secondment school the following morning and teach their Science NQTs timetable as the school was being Ofsteded and the SLT had asked her to stay at home. Firstly; I must state I am a Chemist not a Physicist and this lady taught primarily Physics; secondly it was 8.30 at night; thirdly the school expected me to plan all the lessons outright. I foolishly agreed to go in to support but was not happy about the situation and had been assured nobody would visit my classroom. On arrival I was met by the school's lead deputy who handed me a wedge of data and escorted me to the conference room and introduced me to Ofsted team as the Acting Head of Science... I am not sorry to say I revealed everything to the Inspectors and was promptly sent home and threatened with dismissal from the Secondment school's SLT. I never did return. The school went into special measures and I left my school after a big disagreement with the Head over acceptable and reasonable behaviour...

    What is the most unprofessional situation you have been placed in?
     
  2. I currently work as an AST in the London Area. Having started my secondment to a struggling school in North London; I had been there for one day a week for four weeks; I was apprehended at the end of my Year 11 parents evening by my Principal. He asked me if I could go into my secondment school the following morning and teach their Science NQTs timetable as the school was being Ofsteded and the SLT had asked her to stay at home. Firstly; I must state I am a Chemist not a Physicist and this lady taught primarily Physics; secondly it was 8.30 at night; thirdly the school expected me to plan all the lessons outright. I foolishly agreed to go in to support but was not happy about the situation and had been assured nobody would visit my classroom. On arrival I was met by the school's lead deputy who handed me a wedge of data and escorted me to the conference room and introduced me to Ofsted team as the Acting Head of Science... I am not sorry to say I revealed everything to the Inspectors and was promptly sent home and threatened with dismissal from the Secondment school's SLT. I never did return. The school went into special measures and I left my school after a big disagreement with the Head over acceptable and reasonable behaviour...

    What is the most unprofessional situation you have been placed in?
     
  3. That is an astounding story. The sad thing is, I believe every word of it. Isn't it sickening that nobody who should be fired over this will be? There will be no consequences for the administration of the school from what I have repeatedly seen in similar situations. I am very proud of you for telling the truth. You did the right thing. What will you do now?
     
  4. Respect for speaking up.
     
  5. My bet it that the folks in those two SLTs or their partners met up regularly at the same lodge, which is where they cooked up their lies. In the 21st century this seems to still be the core of local government decision making.
    How could you have lived with yourself and acted differently? Good for you, karma accumulated, adding to your soul's state of grace or whatever floats your ethical boat. You'll find a way back into working but more importantly you'll not be working for liars who expect you to eat a bucket of sh1te for breakfast and come back smiling.
     
  6. Sorry, ranting there - didn't answer your question.
    The most unprofessional and unethical setup I have ever worked in was a council department where the boss was a thief and his floozy was 'one of the team members'. This was made worse by the council leader being on the take quite openly, so there was no reporting nothing nowhere. The guy was also a rank bully who enjoyed shouting and screaming at staff and one of his sessions resulted in a guy committing suicide - by jumping off the roof of the office block. Bad times.
    But maybe the karma fairy was watching over us after all, as the boss got two years suspended in a fraud squad sting, his bird did a runner - oh sorry went on maternity leave and didn't return - and the council boss ended up inside.
    It doesn't happen often, but when it does, savour it.
     
  7. ianj6

    ianj6 New commenter

    I've worked in a school where almost the exact same thing happened. Teacher walked out on friday afternoon (no notice) with OFSTED due in on Monday morning. Monday came and an AST from another school was in the classroom. We passed OFSTED. Don't want to give too much away.

    Ian

     
  8. Absolutely ludicrous stuff. I cannot believe that it is that common... however sadly I imagine that fraud of this kind is relatively commonplace as ethics go out of the window in an attempt to tick boxes...
     
  9. Gardening Leaves

    Gardening Leaves New commenter

    I've personally experienced a 'one of those to make your hair curl' story! Current legal action taking place so have to be deliberately vague. I discovered a huge problem that directly implicated the Head in professional negligence that would have been enough to put the school into special measures. I was deliberately set-up to be blamed for the problem. Investigation against me was corrupt. Employer knew what Head was like, but covered for him. I collapsed with shock, nearly committed suicide and was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. Had to be retired from teaching on ill-health grounds and couldn't go outside for years. Still can't stand being near kids or schools (though I could name some serving teachers who would say the same!) because it triggers. GTC completely exonerated me and was highly critical of school. Head sacked. (YAY!!!)
    Hubris - nemesis - catharsis!
     
  10. Vampyria

    Vampyria New commenter

    I've certanly worked in two schools where teachers in other departments were told to go off sick during Ofsted and were replaced by supply! It was also common knowledge among the staff.One of these was of the highest achieving schools in the area and ending up with an outstanding in the same inspection. To be fair though unlike the other, it did have a lot of outstanding elements and was one of the best schools I ever worked in.
     
  11. frustum

    frustum Lead commenter

    Presumably they might ask to see the exclusion records and note the sharp rise in exclusions that week.
    I once saw an in-school workshop put on for kids with behaviour issues, which just happened to take them out of normal lessons during the Ofsted.
     
  12. ianj6

    ianj6 New commenter

    In the old days with 6 week notice inspections, there were regular "trips" laid on for OFSTED week. I know recently in a large East mids city, there was a "sudden trip" laid on involving 2 coaches in an Ofsted week. In another large east mids town in a school in SM , so had the 30 mins inspections, the Chief inspector frogot his id, so the receptionist wouldn't let him in, and the staff were given pre warning.

    The thing that really annoys me is that we are now teaching to inspection, not for the love of the children. The SMT are spending so long looking after their own backsides and people to blame, that the children aren't even second place.

    I saw a letter this week from a colleague that said the most important people in a schoo,are the staff, the Head appears to believe the most important people are OFSTED, but SURELY the most important people are the children. Unfortunately, when you threaten peolple continuously they look after themselves not the priority.

    Ian
     
  13. As another one day a week person, I arrived at school to take my class as usual to be met by the head asking "did you get my message?" "what message?" I innocently inquired. "The one telling you that OFSTED are in today." Needless to say, no such message was ever sent, despite the head being in possession of three phone numbers and 2 email addresses for me. Everyone else meanwhile had had 3 or 4 days to prepare. It was ludicrous and I decided just to give it my best shot, I told the inspector that I had no prior notice and I think she was kind enough to take that on board. The school passed, but as this was a follow up to being special measures, you'd think the head would be bothered enough to ensure all staff were fully prepared and briefed. Another member of staff who complained (unasked) on my behalf about my treatment was given very short shrift. Like so many of these posts, unbelievable, and yet I know it happens!
     
  14. I work at a University and due to speaking out about Micky Mouse Courses and not providing a professional service to students, find myself redundant. Contrived from 3 years ago, there is a list of unprofessional behaviour from misguided and vindictive disciplinary actions taken against staff, to depriving students of learning materials, despite taking their fees. The list is long and this is a London University that is making good staff redundant whilst promoting those that are more concerned with money than providing students with a genuine education.

    I do not speak from sour grapes as it is a relief not to be associated with such 'cowboys' and can be on my way knowing full well that I stood up and spoke my mind freely to try and improve the students experience. No one cared enough to change the problems reported usually because they were favoured colleagues that were happy to say yes to everything and anything so as not to fall into disfavour.

    It is intended to write about the experience in higher education (16yrs) with factual documentation on the sort of "Turn a blind eye skulduggery", that goes on.

    With regards your situation, now like mine, you are better off not working with people like that, dishonest individuals who think only of their own interests and expect others to be a deceitful, like them. With fortune this University and School will find retribution more painful than the redundancy they forced on others.

    best wishes,
     
  15. Some years ago, and just having completed my NQT year, I was appointed to a school known to be running out of time for Ofsted. An Assistant Head from another school within the LEA was drafted in from a model school and acted as if she was 'just another classroom teacher' so there was team teaching - 3 teachers for the 2 classes in that year group. It made it quite an unpressured Ofsted inspection.
    Yes, I think these things happen quite a lot.

     
  16. "floozy"... "bird"

    Don't expect this kind of sexist language from colleagues in teaching, love!
     
  17. I was an AST in a so called "outstanding" school, linked in a parnership to a severely struggling school in the inner city. Not me, but my AST colleague was sent to the inner city school during their last Ofsted to pretend she always worked there and to teach a full timetable while Ofsted were in. They just got Ofsteded again and all of us ASTs were "on standby to get sent in at 45mins notice"- which would have involved driving to the other school, running into the classroom just before the inspectors and pretending we were always there! We didn't get sent in the end, but I would have seriously considered some kind of whistleblowing phone call to somebody about it if I had been.

     
  18. We all are expected to tell lies to Ofsted inspectors or face the consequences from the senior team I think it has become the norm.
     
  19. But that would do no good, because the whole thing is a conspiracy. Last school I was in also sent 2 coachloads of disruptive pupils to Alton Towers during the 2 days of Ofsted. Are you seriously telling me that Ofsted didn't know? They collude in this game too becuase they know that if they really did report what the true state of some (many?) of our community schools were like, there'd be anarchy and the whole house of cards would come crashing down round their ears. The Government wishes to report that education works, so they send in some people who say it works and everyone can pat themselves and each other on their backs and expand their leadership teams.
    Most unprofessional practice I've seen? How about the school I worked in who, on seeing that pupils on courses such as DIDA and BTEC sports science did far better than their counterparts on GCSE ICT and GCSE PE, introduced many 'vocational' courses, justifying it by saying it really showed 'how our pupils prefer experiential learning' but who, on finding that they would no longer count towards 5 A*-C switched most back (mid way through courses in many instances). So, don't our pupils prefer 'experiential learning' anymore then? No concern at all for the welfare of pupils - jusy want to look good in the league tables, even if that means sending kids out the door with virtually worthless qualifications. When do they lose sight of why they entered the profession in the first place? Do they lose sight, then apply to leadership or does being in leadership cause them to lose their vision?
     
  20. This is awful, and I think you did the right thing by telling them the truth. I have been extremely lucky and have had no bad experiences like this, but think it's worth bringing up that the new ofsted framework might actually stop some of this behaviour! From the training I've received, it sounds like the new framework is focussed on 'typicality' where they will spend more time in the classrooms and less time looking at data etc. They will be staying on after observations to question the children in these classes to find out if this was a 'normal' lesson (which I have to say I love!) this way, the children would definitely let slip that someone in your position is rarely there/has never taught them before and the SLT will be questioned further as to why they haven't seen the classes as they are normally!
     
    hhhh likes this.

Share This Page