An extract of the speech Michael Wilshaw HMCI gave to the ASCL Conference on 4 March 2016:
We do not have a prescriptive idea of what teaching should look like, how books should be marked, feedback provided or progress assessed. We are only interested in whether it works.
As I have already outlined I have taken some important steps to reduce the unnecessary pressure and burden of inspection.
You must do so as well by not using Ofsted as a management tool to do what should be done as a matter of routine. A weak head uses the fear of Ofsted as an unnecessary crutch to compensate for poor leadership.
So please don’t spend an inordinate amount of time preparing for inspection, which for most schools will now only come round every three years and will last for just a day. Please don’t expend precious time and resources on game-playing and ‘Mocksteads’. And please try to refrain from providing a living for those consultancy charlatans still claiming to know what Ofsted is for.
Excessive workload is one of the major reasons for a continuation of industrial action by the NASUWT.
The Action Short of Strike Action instructions cover the following areas, with guidance on what members should and shouldn’t be doing at this time:
- Instruction 1 Appraisal/Performance Management
- Instruction 2/3/4/5 Classroom Observation
- Instruction 6 Inspection
- Instruction 7 Reports to Parents
- Instruction 8 Existing Policies and Working Practices
- Instruction 9 New Initiatives and Policies
- Instruction 10/11 Meetings and the School’s Directed Time Calendar
- Instruction 12 Lesson Plans
- Instruction 13 Email Correspondence
- Instruction 14/15/16 Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) Time
- Instruction 17/18 Leadership and Management Time
- Instruction 19 Dedicated Headship Time
- Instruction 20 Cover for Absence
- Instruction 21 Gained Time
- Instruction 22 Lunchtime Supervision
- Instruction 23/24 Invigilation of Examinations
- Instruction 25 Administrative and Clerical Tasks
- Instruction 26 Pay and Pay Progression
- Instruction 27 Excessive Workload and Marking and Assessment Policies
Advice and support on implementing these instructions can be obtained on Tel: 03330 145550
Workload related issues – see Work/Life Balance
- Dignity at work
- Bullying in the workplace
- Behaviour Management
- Stress and Mental Health
- SWRC courses – the Regional Centre in Exeter run courses in Health & Safety, Dignity at Work, Discrimination, Working Assertively, and Mental Awareness which are all free to members. (See the Training page)
- NASUWT Well Being survey – Members of the NASUWT are able to self-assess their wellbeing at work using the Union’s online Wellbeing at Work
The Union offers National Executive Members (NEMs), Local Secretaries and Accredited Caseworkers a summary of the responses within a specific workplace. The PDF report will:
(i) identify areas of common concern;
(ii) provide an anonymous evidence base of members views to present to school leaders.
- Education Support Partnership – FREE HELPLINE 08000 562 561 – dedicated to helping education staff and organisations to boost health, happiness and wellbeing through individual support and great management. Click here for link.
- Managing pupil behaviour
- Knowing when to say no
- Grappling with work-life balance
- Handling stress guide
- Managing disagreements at school