Sorry for the hiatus, I'll explain all later.
At the moment I'm sitting in my wee office typing this post when I should be getting prepared for my Audit.
I should explain.
Every three years the school management check out every department, to ensure we're actually doing what we're supposed to be doing and not sitting back with our feet on the desk while the kids go ballistic.
They come in to observe our teaching methodologies, classroom control, assessment moderation and a whole screed of things which can be loosely grouped as either Admin or Pedagogy.
I have no problems in being observed teaching, it's what I do every day, and thoroughly enjoy it, it's the bloody Admin side that gives me the heebie-jeebies.
I have prepared a 75 page Management Document for their perusal, consisting of the usual bureaucratic claptrap and Pedagogical buzzwords, that is an essential component of the Audit.
I'm glad they're going to read it, because no other bugger ever does, including me, unless I'm getting it ready for the Audit.
- All of our activities MUST be to the benefit of the students.
- What the management don't know doesn't hurt them.
- Non-contact time is inviolate.
- NOBODY messes with my tea-break.
- We don't work during weekends.
- NOBODY messes with my computers.
- Don't spend money. (Because we don't have any)
What makes this Audit a bit more intense is that ERO (The Educational Review Office) is coming into school next term to see what we're doing, but they're not going to be observing many classes, they're going to be looking at the f*cking Admin.
In other words, they want to see the paper systems, not the actual teaching.
I'm sure that many of you know how accurate that's going to be, because internal documentation never lies.
The whole world's going to hell in a basket. What ever happened to the real world?
And the icing on the bloody cake is that the Audit is going to be run by...
Just fills me with confidence.
I'll try and keep you all up to date with the ongouing process next week, and I'll certainly try to get a post out explaing the long gap.
I've tentaively titled it TSB Ends Up In Court.