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AIBU to be annoyed with my colleague?

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PenguinBear Fri 21-Sep-12 17:59:01

We work in a two form entry school ( both Foundation stage). Last year when we compared learning journals ( each child has one of their record in reception), she told me mine were too full basically hers were way too empty but she is the leader so has to be seen to be best hmm

This year, we have Ofsted due any day. I looked at one of her learning journals and she's ready filled it with about 5 pages in, including photos, work they have made etc ( children have only been in 2 weeks, some just 5 mornings this week). Compared to this time last year when hers were empty.

AIBU to be annoyed that she is doing all this and not told me? I am sure she wants to look good for Ofsted but seems like she wants to make herself look better by making me look worse?

I don't mind that she is doing it but she could Atleast tell me so I can do the same?

And does anyone in the know about Ofsted know whether she'll be judged as overall leader e.g. If her clad has x,y,z in their learning journals and mine only have x, would it fall on her for poor management that the classes were not doing the same?

Sorry it's badly worded, in a rush.

PenguinBear Fri 21-Sep-12 17:59:45

*already filled it with 5 pages...

noblegiraffe Fri 21-Sep-12 18:02:04

I assume that she, like everyone else, wants to look good for Ofsted. Not sure why you think that they would compare hers to yours and then mark you down if yours are good enough?

If yours aren't good enough, then you'd better get on it before Ofsted arrive!

schobe Fri 21-Sep-12 18:03:06


But just fill more into their journals! Then Ofsted won't have to point the finger at anyone. She was obviously bullshitting last year which is outrageous.

I would ask her if she remembers saying yours were wrong and point out that now she is doing exactly the same. Ask her why.

hiddenhome Fri 21-Sep-12 18:04:25

It sounds like she's had the initiative to prepare thoroughly and that you need to take a leaf out of her book grin

RupertTheBear Fri 21-Sep-12 18:05:04

I have come across lots of people like this in teaching - my advice would be to ignore as much as possible and carry on doing what you are doing. The school is judged as a whole so it will definitely reflect badly on the school if there is a big difference in practise between two classes in the year group.
Judging by the last two Ofsted visits I have been through I would say it is fairly unlikely they will even look at the profiles.
Good luck!

olibeansmummy Fri 21-Sep-12 18:25:35

YANBU teachers should pull together for the benefit of the school when the dreaded ofsted come knocking ( actually they should all the time but ofsted is stressful enough without your collegues screwing you over).

noblegiraffe Fri 21-Sep-12 18:39:34

Why is the colleague doing work screwing her over? She had way more stuff in her journals last year, presumably said colleague would assume the same this year and not want OP to show her up.

ClownBikeInAVelodrome Fri 21-Sep-12 19:23:20

Noble, it's screwing her over because if the colleague is the Foundation Stage Leader, she should be taking the lead in standards and correcting things like 'too full/not full enough' but what she's essentially done is told the other person in the department not to do as good as job as she was, in order to make the leader look better. IYSWIM.

coldcupoftea Fri 21-Sep-12 19:26:42

I saw my DD's learning journal today and there were about 5 pages filled, she's only been at school 2 weeks, and the first week was half days. I don't see how it could be too full, the more the better!

mynewpassion Fri 21-Sep-12 19:39:51

What is changed from last year? Shouldn't you already know to fill in your books because it's an Ofsted year? You seem to know that the book should be completed. Do you need her permission to do part of your job?

noblegiraffe Fri 21-Sep-12 19:54:37

Clown, still don't get it, it's only a couple of weeks into term, is the OP expecting the leader to scrutise and comment on every aspect of her work? That would be really annoying. I expect she trusts her to do her job!

aldiwhore Fri 21-Sep-12 19:57:41

I can only recommend that for your own health you continue to do what is right, and if you don't trust her motives or opinion you seek advice elsewhere?

I don't think YABU but you're becoming that way by adjusting something you believe is correct to please someone you don't agree with.

EVERYONE makes more effort at OFSTED time, surely?

I think you need more confidence in yourself and abilities, your work and hers may be different, but of equal standard I don't know... is there no online forum you can compare notes with?

TheLightPassenger Fri 21-Sep-12 19:59:14

yes and no. ultimately, as aldiwhore says, you need to rely on your own standards, knowledge of the job, but I can understand you are peeved as last year apparent emptyish learning journals were the way forward in her view, whereas now she's done a complete 180 turn on that by having full journals.

PenguinBear Fri 21-Sep-12 22:52:22

Thank you for the advice. I intend to fill mine up yes! smile

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