This post has been prompted by Tristram Hunt’s proposal to introduce an MOT for teachers every five years.
I have produced a template based on practice in the motor industry:
When a car undergoes its check up, five areas are looked at in detail. Each area is subject to pass/fail and there is a defects/comments box to write in. So how could this translate to teachers in the classroom?
1. Interior checks:
Steering – the teacher. How does he/she run the class? Is it a smooth process with a firm hand on the wheel? Passengers (children) should be confident they are being steered in the correct direction with no jerky hard turns to the left or right throwing them off course. That would be classed as a defect.
Seating – the teacher is definitely in the driving seat and children are firmly belted into the passenger seats, all facing the front ready to be shown the way.
Doors – all close correctly in line with safeguarding and child safety locks prevent children from exiting the vehicle prematurely.
Gears – these transit pupils from first gear up to fifth as appropriate; reverse is used sparingly as we don’t want children to go backwards.
Clutch – as in clutching at straws. If this is defective it will automatically lead to a fail.
Pedals – gas pedal will be in good working order…A teacher taking his/her foot off this will be in danger of being labelled as defective. Brakes are to be used sparingly as teachers should never stop until they have reached midnight at least 7 days per week.
2. Exterior checks:
Roof – the roof must be fit for purpose in sheltering the occupants. No teacher shall ever hit it.
Windows – should be clear and never ever obscure the learning journey.
Wheels – tyres should be of the correct thickness..unlike the pupils…and under no circumstances should the wheels be in danger of coming off.
Exhaust – this shall never apply to teachers or pupils; they should be ready for teaching and learning at all times.
Suspension – this will apply to unruly pupils and negligent teachers who are not in control.
3. Under bonnet checks:
The classroom should be calm and orderly whenever the lid is lifted.
The engine of teaching and learning should be well oiled and purring along silently. There should, under no circumstances, be any coughs or splutters nor any clanking or noises which would cause alarm to an observer. Water needs replacing to ensure learners do not become dehydrated. All computerised systems should be efficient and working well to meet the needs of the children. There should be no short circuits in the electrics or OFSTED will immediately be triggered leading to a possible fail.
4. Under vehicle checks:
The undercarriage of the vehicle should be fit for purpose and be strong enough to support rather than carry passengers. There should be no trace of rust. Rustiness in teachers is to be deplored and needs removing/repairing ASAP.
These should not exceed EE recommended levels. Teacher emissions should be well within expected levels. Pupil emissions should definitely be at the lower level or risk a fail for the teacher.
If the above checks are satisfactory then teachers will be given a valid certificate which they must keep in their pigeon holes in case of scrutiny from outside agencies.
Wishing all teachers a safe, pleasant journey and remember it is better to travel hopefully than arrive…especially if HMI are waiting for you!!