I’m just finishing my part in the first of a series of  ‘learning walks’.

The Local Authority inspectors are starting us off.

They’re in today and tomorrow to observe lessons and work with Heads of Department and Senior Leaders to see ‘how learning is progressing’.  I’ve done some observations of science and maths and am about to sample some Year 7 books to see how pupils have recorded their learning.

It doesn’t sound too scary to me as a teacher. Even if  I know my lessons and books aren’t perfect (as they’re not) I always welcome the chance to reflect and discuss the teaching and learning going on in my classrooms.

So why did we have a science teacher who had to go home yesterday because the thought of the learning walk had stressed her out? 

Did she stop to consider that the thought of her not being in today stressed me out!?