This week applications opened for the new Chief Inspector of HMCI. If you’re interested you, and you’re not like Michael Wilshaw, you can apply here. I can’t help but think if we were more creative in our recruitment methods we might have greater success. So I’ve taken a leaf out of Jane and Michael Banks’ book (yes, the children from Mary Poppins) and I’ve written a short song…
Wanted: A chief inspector
If you want this choice position
Have a cheery disposition
Good ideas, a good sport
Work well, with all sorts.
You must be kind, you must be clever
And in time you should endeavour
To take on the government, give us hope
Help the teachers cope.
Never be mad or cruel,
Never forget the pressure put on schools.
Respect the teaching profession,
And end this data obsession.
If you will judge and intimidate us
Continue to undermine our status
We won’t teach your curriculum
Or play your games,
We’ll leave our jobs
For sunnier plains
Good luck, new chief!
All the best,
One more thing,
(Scrap these ridiculous tests.)