Just out of interest,what would happen if I refuse observations?

(13 Posts)
guggenheim Wed 19-Mar-14 14:07:22

I mean this in a lighthearted way,but what would actually happen if I just sat down and refused to teach if I felt that an unreasonable number of observations were taking place?

I don't know of anyone who has done this but I am throughly sick of the endless rounds of observations,mostly unannounced spanish inquesition styleee observations.

Well, would the world stop turning if I said no?

blueemerald Wed 19-Mar-14 14:22:17

I'm only an NQT so no expert but a fellow NQT is at a school where they refused observations as there were so many. They taught but handed any observers a copy of the NUT guidelines (3 a year??), no data/paperwork and refused any feedback.

puddymuddles Wed 19-Mar-14 15:08:05

Good on your friend blueemerald. guggenheim I think get together with other staff members who are also sick of the ridiculous amount of obs and all refuse together using the NUT guidelines. Good luck.

guggenheim Wed 19-Mar-14 16:05:22

Oooh! hadn't thought of that.

I'm escaping at Easter thankfully,it was more idle speculation.

It would just be awesome to plonk myself down next to SLT/Head/ visiting expert / bloke off the street they just dragged in for a laugh and say " You know you was telling me I'm doing it all wrong and all that. Well now it's your turn! You're welcome" grin

Having a copy of guidelines is brilliant.

intheenddotcom Wed 19-Mar-14 18:45:24

NQTs are exempt from the no more than 3 rule, as are teachers who are undergoing capability.

Philoslothy Wed 19-Mar-14 19:11:21

Why not teach as you normally would rather than jumping through hoops, therefore it creates no extra work?

Izzy82 Wed 19-Mar-14 19:12:29

It's three a year for observations for performance management, but the head/ SLT has a right to pop in at any time and stay for a reasonable amount of time. It is their school and they have the right to know what is going on in it

PurpleAlert Wed 19-Mar-14 23:31:47

New guidance means that the lesson obs must be part of a bigger picture.

They must triangulate your data, planning, book scrutiny and pupil perceptions in order to make a judgement.

Showcase lessons no longer cut it if your books and data do not back up good or outstanding learning.

Much fairer IMHO

Philoslothy Thu 20-Mar-14 00:59:17

I agree, it also lessens the pressure of having to perform.

PurpleAlert Thu 20-Mar-14 06:55:58

Of course it also means that outstandings will be rarer as pupils have to make outstanding progress for that to happen so if you are in low sets or work with special needs pupils you are stuffed as they are expected to make the same progress as NT pupils.

guggenheim Thu 20-Mar-14 07:31:41

I think that there are lots of heads who can do all of this and maintain the respect of their staff- because they have the leadership skills necessary for the role.

It was a hypothetical question,which I'm glad I asked because I can see that there are lots of different angles on how observations are conducted.

There are also places where the head is unable to perform a leadership role and relies heavily on bullying tactics.

Thank for the input though- some very interesting answers here.

TheFallenMadonna Thu 20-Mar-14 20:07:23

In my school, we use national transition matrices when we look at progress. They show the progress made from different starting points, so are a more reasonable way of judging progress for different ability groups.

guggenheim Fri 21-Mar-14 09:49:40

madonna is that for pupil's progress or for teacher's progress? I haven't heard of that before.

Also I realise that my title gave the impression that I was about to start a one woman political action station. I'm not it was just a wonder out loud, kind of thing,which I phrased badly.

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