Monday, 21 December 2015

The Ofsted inspection

A delightful story from regular commenter Sam Vega.

About ten years ago we had an Ofsted  inspection at the college where I was working. As these things lead to riches and glory for college principals, no effort had been spared in preparations. As well as all the forged paperwork and the lies drilled into staff, the buildings and equipment had been polished. Litter picked up, clutter removed, graffiti expunged, and new posters and faked student work pinned to noticeboards.

I had been assigned an inspector, and was giving him a preliminary guided tour. I was wearing my best suit and a professionally obsequious manner. We paused in the main reception hall. From out of nowhere, the biggest rat I have ever seen scuttled across the hall behind him, and paused about six feet away. Scaly tail, questing whiskers, and a very glossy coat; clearly well fed and confident.

The inspector picked up my surprise, and obviously wanted to turn round, but didn't, out of politeness. I continued my rehearsed lines about our wonderful new buildings and our stringent Health and Safety, while the bloody thing sat up on its haunches and did ratty things like scratching with its back foot and combing its whiskers with both paws.

It ambled off before he could see it. I sometimes wonder if it had been disgusted by what it saw us doing.


Derek said...

So 'Ratatouille'.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Excellent anecdote.

Demetrius said...

The rat was checking out the school policy on nature studies.

James Higham said...

Ofsted - shudder time and dishonesty - remember it well.

A K Haart said...

Derek - yes, watched it with Grandson not so long ago.

Mark - I bet there are enough Ofsted tales out there for several books.

Demetrius - and hoping to be photographed by kids with phones.

James - we had something similar for quality accreditation. Part of life now.

James Higham said...

Merry Christmas from me, by the way. Thanks for 2015, let's see what 2016 does.

A K Haart said...

James - Merry Christmas to you too.