Well I haven’t blogged for while as I’ve been busy in my family life over the holidays, just thought I’d get back into the habit by commenting on a couple of stories that caught my eye in the Metro newspaper.
Was about accusations that teachers have been bribing pupils to stay off school and out of the way during inspections. Allegations (which have been made to the Educational Times Supplement) stated that pupils have been paid sums of money to miss the day or have even been taken on theme park trips so that inspectors do not witness their behaviour. Ofsted are treating 38 complaints as a ‘handful’ of ‘possible misrepresentation’ of schools positions.
All this makes me wonder, first of all who in their right mind as a teacher prioritises hiding badly behaved young people during inspections so much that they’re willing to risk bribery? How do these young people feel about being hidden from school inspections? And what does it teach people about behaviour, consequences and accountability? It would be interested to see whether this has actually been happening in schools and how it can be combated in the future. It’s sad that teachers fell this much pressure to achieve during inspections, and I think if these allegations are true it may be because teachers ultimately want their school to have a good reputation.
Cases of teaching misconduct and incompetence are too be abandoned due to unavailable scheduling of hearings before the General Teaching Council for England is ‘abolished’ (metro). Cases seen as highest priority will still be address, but lesser cases will have to remain unheard and unresolved. If this is true I wonder what kind of justice this offers the people who are involved in the cases. Mostly you can assume a lot of the reports against teachers will have been made by pupils as they are the main witnesses to teachers during the school hours (although they will not be the only ones to complain). If a person has taken the time, effort and confidence to question a teachers behaviour and complain about it then it’s a shame that the cases may not receive hearings and be resolved/have appropriate action taken. Also it’s a shame that where allegations have been falsely made teachers will not have the opportunity to be heard and to prove their competence, which would make it harder to combat any rumours which may arise from the issue.
If anyone has any information or insight into these issues please fell free to comment as I’d like to be further enlightened on them
Referrence: Metro Friday, January 6th 2012. Front page and page 5.