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jennyruddick

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OFSTED wednesday - head cancelling fieldwork possibly?
« on: October 03, 2011, 01:15:17 PM »
Hi all,

We had the call this morning for OfSTED this Wed and Thursday. We are out this week on Year 11 controlled assessment fieldwork and the head has told my head of dept she wants to see him about cancelling the trip wednesday as she wants us in school???

I thought we were meant to carry on as usual?

Anyone had any experience on this as I want to stand our ground if she does decide to make us cancel it.

Thanks

Jenny


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Re: OFSTED wednesday - head cancelling fieldwork possibly?
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2011, 01:21:14 PM »
You should definitely carry on as normal - that is what is expected - to change the fieldwork now would be very very disrutpive to the pupils' exam / CA preparation.

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Re: OFSTED wednesday - head cancelling fieldwork possibly?
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2011, 02:14:20 PM »
You could mention Section 22 of OFSTED framework for inspections:

?   the interests of children, young people and parents are foremost

It is not in the interests of those students to have their CA disrupted at such short notice
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Re: OFSTED wednesday - head cancelling fieldwork possibly?
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2011, 02:18:25 PM »
Thanks!

This is exactly what I thought, I fell annoyed and upset about the whole thing.

I will find out after school.

I think ill print this page

Thanks again

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Re: OFSTED wednesday - head cancelling fieldwork possibly?
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2011, 09:26:43 PM »
I have known of schools cancel fieldwork because of Ofsted, but as the others have said, it would be very disruptive to postpone the trip now in terms of the CA - but would presumably also cause inconvenience with buses, etc.  Ofsted want geographers to be going out doing fieldwork so I don't think there'd be any expectation from them that you'd cancel.  And if it's a two day inspection, you'd be there on Thursday anyway. 

There was a great story - can't remember if it was from one of the 'old-timers' when I started teaching or whether it was someone on here when a similar situation occurred, of an inspector being invited along on the fieldtrip - traipsing alongside the river behind the students in his suit and wellies!

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Re: OFSTED wednesday - head cancelling fieldwork possibly?
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2011, 09:46:58 PM »
'Old timers?' No.
Ofsted in wellies ?,Yes, thats the true meaning of a lesson observation.
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Re: OFSTED wednesday - head cancelling fieldwork possibly?
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2011, 10:04:43 PM »
Ofsted called when we were on the coach on the way to Overstrand a few years back. They were impressed that we were doing fieldwork and it got a mention. Just make sure that you set high quality work because they purposely came in to a couple of our cover lessons.
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Re: OFSTED wednesday - head cancelling fieldwork possibly?
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2011, 10:06:35 PM »
Thanks for all your thoughts, I fought my corner well and the head said we could go after all! I now have to somehow set "outstanding" cover, impossible!


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Re: OFSTED wednesday - head cancelling fieldwork possibly?
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2011, 08:22:59 AM »
Thanks for all your thoughts, I fought my corner well and the head said we could go after all! I now have to somehow set "outstanding" cover, impossible!

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