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The comments on staff morale seem equally misplaced and would be quite likely to damage the school's image and reputation if they were reported to the wider public in a distorted fashion. We accept that it was unfortunate that six members of staff resigned in the term in which the inspection took place, but we are confident that the 'demoralisation' referred to in the report was for the most part a result of the inspection itself. It is hard to 42 OFSTED: THE AFTERMATH think of anything more demoralising than the prospect of having your teaching judged less than satisfactory' by a bunch of parttime amateurs who looked as though they had never been in a classroom in their lives.
The one advantage of her dominating presence in the school from the staffs point of view was that, if you had any troublesome teenager who was not responding to your own persuasive charms, you could threaten the aforementioned troublemaker with being sent to the school secretary. This usually produced cowed submission for the rest of the lesson at least. Nobody dreamed of sending pupils to the head, which would have been regarded by the pupils as a doddle by comparison. This was one version of the secretary from hell, but I have in mind today a couple of other variations on the theme which are built on somewhat different lines.
Certainly, the initial post-Franco democratic euphoria on school management in Spain has been tempered by experience, but it is interesting to note that heads are still often elected to office by the 'School Council' (which is the highest representational and governing body of the school and includes the school secretary, representatives of the teachers, parents, students, administration and auxiliary services and the local council). So surely, in the UK, at least some statutory safeguards against potentially dictatorial management by heads could be built into the new national regulations on school government which are being proposed as a replacement for the existing articles and instruments of government?
Managing in the Educational Madhouse: A Guide for School Managers by David Hellawell