Most assessments of IT systems in school (a number where done by Becta and other groups as part of surveying schools) highlighted the lack of planning in schools, lack of communications between tech and teaching sides of schools, issues with capacity management, etc ... there were lots of good points too ... but things like this were then fed into SLICT and FITS.
If a school would like an IT Audit there are still folk out there who do them on a commercial basis ... and some LAs still do this as well.
What annoys me most, that when the inspector was leaving he said -of record- that if we were inspected in December we would have got a good grade. Thanks!
Last edited by znova; 8th May 2012 at 11:21 AM.
On another note, at work we had an inspection, got a very good grade but then we are an academy, the government can't be seen to give anything but good grading to their flagship schools. Of course we were issuing laptops left right and centre for "small group work" = tidying away problem kids. It's all political.
We were all strongy encouraged to petition against the no notice inspections (anonymously I must add). What a joke.
This is all quite an interesting read. Having only been in the education sector for 4-5 years, I get to experience my first OFSTED inspection tomorrow and Wednesday. Just had a text from the ICT Coord to let me know they found out about it this afternoon.
I've always been of an understanding (as with some other through previous experience on other sectors) that inspections should be done without notice to a degree, but also in conjunction with regular assessments from "line managers" (for want of a better phrase).
That said that I think the level of notice this school has been given (the afternoon before the visit) is more than adequate as that way the staff don't have any option but to get on as they were. It's then for SLT in the mean time to keep reviewing their staff and make sure they function as best they can ensuring the pupils get at least the level of education expected by the government. I've been dreading the day really when we were going to get "the call" having not been through it before, but this way, even if there are things I've missed, then I'll have to be pulled up on them, and the same with the staff. That said, I have been asked to be in early in case staff forget how to use computers overnight .. lol ..
I would expect a signficant fraction of the teaching staff to be working till midnight and then back in at 6am.is more than adequate as that way the staff don't have any option but to get on as they were.
I think the OFSTED inspection is totally OTT and not realistic so should be reworked, but I think 0-day inspections should happen once this is done. You can not expect perfection every lesson, every day, but day to day things you should expect. Last inspection here the school was the calmest ever, no kids let out to roam, SMT available, staff had been in late every night and in early every morning & wasn't indicative of the school. It isn't sustainable and isn't realistic.
From the other point of view OFSTED have gone loopy. A local school got inspected and were pulled up on a kid not holding open a door for an inspector, showing they hadn't been taught manners, and for a lunch time supervisor not explaining to a child why they had to pick up the rubbish and put it in the bin. When the student was asked why they thought they had to do it they shrugged and said "I dunno". Welcome to kids OFSTED!
SimpleSi (9th May 2012)
Definitely gone loopy:
Recent OFSTED...inspectors were concerned that the children were not questioning the teachers enough - sitting quietly and in a well-behaved fashion listening to the teacher's input before getting on with it...and....
One inspector wanted to mark the behaviour down from good to satisfactory as she heard some children shouting in the corridor...once...
Food teacher told she talked too much..she was DEMONSTRATING some cookery skill at the time so the children could actually do it. There seems an increasing emphasis on the children doing it themselves with minimal input from the teacher - I can see what they are getting at but there are actually some things that HAVE to be taught.
Inspectors not allowed to tell the head which teacher was deemed what- bit daft as a lot of the input from OFSTED was about finding out whether the head and SLT's assessment of the teachers was accurate.
In a previous life I used to be a Quality, Hygiene and Health & Safety Officer in a large manufacturing company. Although it was customary for us to be given notice of an impending inspection there was also a higher standard that you could sign up to which would require unannounced inspections for which, if you passed you received a higher award e.g. Gold Award which was then displayed for all to see. This was done in an effort to reward those companies that have put in the resources and procedures, rather than those that just get employees to fill out six month of forms etc with different coloured pens and have a week of manic cleaning up etc.
Not sure if that would work in this instance but it was a good idea.
SimpleSi (11th May 2012)
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