‘Boring teachers’ to be addressed by Ofsted

By politics.co.uk staff

The government is set to launch a crackdown on “boring teachers” in response to worries pupils’ attainment is slipping due to a lack of stimulation in the classroom.

The chief inspector of schools, Christine Gilbert, said Ofsted inspectors would begin to be asked to assess why pupils are not paying attention in class and how to make improvements.

Speaking to the Guardian newspaper, Ms Gilbert claimed the changes to school inspections would mark a “crackdown” on boring teaching.

“People divorce teaching from behaviour. I think they are really, really linked and I think students behave much better if the teaching is good, they are engaged in what they are doing and it’s appropriate to them,” she said.

“There’s what I would describe as low-level disruption where children are bored and not motivated, so they start to use their abilities for other ends. That then can lead to other children being distracted in lessons and so on.”

Ms Gilbert said schools needed to improve the quality of teaching, not just introducing better management.

“One of the things that we’ve been concerned to do in the new inspection framework is to really emphasise the importance of teaching and learning,” she added.