The Ofsted report – Part V: the inspectors left: what happened next?

Improving Teaching

I concluded a post on improving as a teacher almost a year ago by using a quotation I mistakenly attributed to Aristotle:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Messages from two amazing colleagues reminded me of this as the inspection ended:

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Deputy John’s account of an Ofsted visit – eerily familiar in many aspects, described the next day thus: “A few hangovers, and a lot of video/ worksheet lessons.”  Only two days before half term, perhaps one might even expect that in a few classrooms even without an Ofsted visit?

I had Period 1 free and knew it would be good for me to go and pop into some colleagues’ lessons & remind myself of the school’s strengths.  I saw Year 8 students pursuing a project they’d conceived: teaching students at their former primary schools good grammar; they were drafting letters to the…

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