We all know the panic of an impending Ofsted visit. Even those among us who are uber-prepared and ultra-calm can’t help but feel the pressure placed upon them to perform. And we want to. We want to feel proud, like our hard work is acknowledged. We want our schools to get the positive accolade they deserve.
This week we were visited by Ofsted. It was one of the new no-notice trials. Within half an hour of being told that Ofsted were in the car park, I had an inspector in my lesson. My Year Tens were impeccable. The lesson went smoothly. There was no time for me to over-plan in panic, to hastily re-mark work, or for the kids to pick up on any anxiety.
It was smooth. It was natural. It was an honest snapshot of my teaching. I was pleased. I hope the no-notice inspections become the norm.
@annieblack01 – English Teacher , Leeds