I was flicking through the news when I came across this little tidbit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-14158880. Basically schools are going to have inspections without being warned.We have people attacking it saying that in the two days or so that people normally get, things can't possibly be covered up, and we have people praising it, saying that when schools have bad behaviour, kids aren't getting the quality of education they are entitled to, and deserve.
As a former pupil of a pretty bad school, I seriously welcome this. They can say that the advance warning period isn't long enough, but let me tell ya folks, it is. In my school behaviour was a massive problem. People were bullied, beaten, abused (I've even heard that the teachers were caught with pupils, we had one incredibly pervy teacher who was constantly staring at girls) and it was just outright very bad. I did a GCSE in History, and even though the group was about 10 strong, I think I was the only one there who actually wanted to learn history. One time a kid actually sprayed himself with a fire extinguisher while his mates filmed it on their phones.
But, when it came for an inspection, everyone was clean, everyone behaved, and everything went smoothly in the inspection. I still don't know how really. That place was awful, and it really should be shut down. My sister was driven to school so she didn't have to go on the bus, it was that bad. Oddly though my mum never drove me to school, but eh, what can ya do? My sister has since moved schools, and seems to be doing just fine at her new one.
There are schools that can hide everything in a day or two, there are schools that do it, and unannounced inspections can only be a good thing. At least from my perspective. The only downside is that it's only on schools who rated "satisfactory" for behaviour, meaning it was okay, but not good, so chances are my old school can cheat their way out of an unannounced inspection. Shame, I say.
In slightly better news this is also my 50th post! Thanks everyone for reading up until now, here's to another 50 more.