LETTER: Ofsted - What baloney

I maybe right or I maybe wrong, but I’ve a feeling I’ve been down this road before in remembering that my heckles were up and my normally placid nature was coming to the boil with steam coming out of my ears.

“Ofsted!, that’s em, those boys and girls who go from school to school and if you’re lucky and catch them on a good day they’ll pass your school with a reluctant “OK! You’ve Scrapped Through”. (This Time).

But, you catch them on a bad hair day your feet won’t touch the ground and at the end of their visit you’ll be left feeling you’ve gone and done 10 rounds with Rocky Marciano before he lands his Suzi Q and your left waking up thinking “That was my worse nightmare”.

And so it came to pass that it was the turn of Middle Rasen Primary School and Nettleton Primary School to have these little Government minions stepping down the corridors of their school and turning everything up side down. (Market Rasen Mail. Wednesday, March 6, 2013).

“You Must Improve” they shout not unlike a Dalek from Dr. Who, while in the meantime, “And I Kid Ye Not”, yesterday in The Sun tabloid, Gladstone Primary School in Peterborough, Cambs, we were informed has become the first school in England where all its 440 pupils do not speak English as their first language.

And where they use “20 Different Languages” and (wait for it), the “staff rely partly on hand signals”. (which in my day was a smack across the side of the head). And if that doesn’t take the biscuit the school was rated good by Ofsted, which left me thinking, and please don’t take this the wrong way, because I’m all for one and one for all type of geezer, but all this Ofsted baloney makes one wonder who in gads teeth needs themselves to be upgraded in taking a good look at their own methods.

Nino Hoblyn

North Street, Caistor.