An Inspector Calls
The staff at my school were called to a meeting at 3:30 last Thursday. To cut a long story short, we are getting visitors on 1st March.
I know that there is a lot of talk about the new ‘friendly’ approach to school inspections, but I’ve only been inspected once before when I was still just an unpromoted classroom teacher… and, to be honest, the lesson I delivered was such a disaster that I still have nightmares about it (I’ll tell you over a pint, but I’m not committing it to anything more tangible than that)!
Fast forward to today, and I am now a relatively new PT with lots of ideas and a large department who I think the world of and really don’t want to let down. I hope I’m not going to be found wanting…
One thing that is already making a difference to me is my network. The last time the school I was in was being inspected (Larbert High School, 1999) I had only my school colleagues to talk to. This time, I’ve already had several conversations with friends and colleagues from across the country who have been through the inspection process very recently. They are giving me lots of great advice and things to check on with the result that I am going in to the whole process with a much clearer notion of what I need to do. Absolutely invaluable for a PT about to undergo his first inspection.
As the inspection gets closer, I’m hoping to post some of my thoughts on the whole process along with any tips I can give to the next person who will be having visitors. In the meantime, I’ve got some marking to do, then some preparation for tomorrow, some planning for a forthcoming school trip, TeachMeet arrangements to make, a 4 year old to make chocolate milk for, and… and… and… and they wonder why teachers get tired! ;o)
Any of your good advice would be welcome in the comments!