Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 353 – Relief


“Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise.” 

Victor Hugo

Thanks, Spidey, for another appropriate quote!

Last week we were all on tenterhooks, at school. One of the other schools in our academy received ‘The Call’ from Ofsted. Usually, this means that if you are due, too, there is a good chance they could call you, especially if they are in the area, and this other school is literally 10 minutes away from us.

And we are overdue, now…

Monday to Wednesday are the big days… if you haven’t heard by Wednesday, consider yourself safe, for that week, at least!

But, there is still a week of school to go, until the break And next week is a Christmas filled week. There is no way that we are on the curriculum timetable, in the same way as usual.

The kids, for one, are high as kites, thinking of advent calendars, filled with chocolate, and high on the idea of a certain big fella in red coming to visit them, with sacks brimming with presents!

And we are in the midst of trying to practice nativity plays and making cards, etc., as well as trying to instill the true meaning of Christmas to them!

However, on Thursday, the heads of schools were sent a little missive from the DofE…

In light of the current situation, and with schools expected to put mitigations into place for the chance of a Covid wave, due to the Omicron variant, and what with Christmas leading everyone a merry tune, Ofsted inspection will be put on hold until the new year.


Now, that doesn’t mean we are safe. There is still going to be an inspection, however, at least we can enjoy our festive period without that hanging over our last few days at school, this term!

To say I am relieved is an understatement!

So, is there anything, like the threat of Ofsted, for me, that scares the living daylights out of you?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennie
    Dec 15, 2021 @ 13:33:47

    That’s a big relief, Ritu!

    Liked by 1 person


  2. thereluctantpoet
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 15:15:56

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.



  3. Rae Longest
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 15:10:24

    We have accreditation visits, but they don’t apply to me…I’m only an adjunct (and stay that way for just such a reason! LOL)
    Love the quote.
    Stay safe and enjoy the holidays.

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  4. Rajiv
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 08:01:59

    Why is he being so philosophical?

    Liked by 1 person


  5. willowdot21
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 00:10:24

    My biggest stress is having to change Ruby’s dressings three times a day 💜

    Liked by 1 person


  6. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Dec 12, 2021 @ 21:48:00

    Best wishes, Sis! I am sure it will go right. If it will happen take it like a second Halloween. 😉 xx Michael

    Liked by 1 person


  7. joylennick
    Dec 12, 2021 @ 17:41:07

    Everything crossed for you, Ritu! Try and have a stupendous Christmas and a healthy, lucky New Year. (Pat yourself on the back for being such a good teacher!) Cheers! Joy xx

    Liked by 2 people


  8. robbiesinspiration
    Dec 12, 2021 @ 15:43:26

    Although it is stressful for the teachers and staff, Osfed inspections surely are a good thing to keep the standards up.

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  9. syl65
    Dec 12, 2021 @ 15:35:40

    As long as you are prepared as best as possible. Try to enjoy the innocence of the kids and their excitement..that Christmas break will arrive soon🙏🏽💜

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  10. Erika
    Dec 12, 2021 @ 10:20:12

    You know, at least you have more time to get prepared (or prepare the kids…) and it is not squeezed into an already packed time. So, you all may be more relaxed and that also will take the pressure and lead to good results. However, enjoy the moment😘

    Liked by 1 person


  11. Books & Bonsai
    Dec 12, 2021 @ 10:16:08

    These days, all it takes is asking me a question!

    Liked by 1 person


  12. CJ
    Dec 12, 2021 @ 09:27:43

    Phew, that was good news. The secondary school that my three go to was Ofsteded the week before last. I did feel for the teachers, imagining a few late meetings while they got everything in order. Hopefully it went well, still waiting for the results! It’s a tense time indeed.

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  13. Steve Tanham
    Dec 12, 2021 @ 09:09:46

    What a relief, Ritu! My own personal demon is the letter from the tax accountant saying the year’s tax records are due… and the realisation that I only know where half of them are… doubly shriek. 😎

    Liked by 1 person


  14. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Dec 12, 2021 @ 07:18:58

    A letter from the IRS saying you are going to be audited. Lol

    Liked by 1 person


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