My partner is a teacher in a different school from me just over the border. Her school has been doing frequent lesson observations for many years and she's nearly always had 'good' or 'outstanding'. This year though a new management team has taken over... New Headteacher and new head of department. The assessment criteria has also changed. The new head of department has been observing most of my partner's lessons throughout this academic year, and as a result, she's only been getting satisfactory. The problem is that my partner is a perfectionist and is not satisfied with satisfactory. But here's the bit you're going to love. My partner has just found out that that the key stage head who's been observing her has had a string of 'UNsatisfactory' grades in her observations over the same period! Is it right for a teacher who's getting 'unsatisfactory' so much, to even assess another? Has anyone else heard of this happening?