Raising the bar

Sir Michael Wilshaw the Ofsted chief
Has one clear message to all –
Let there be no moaning of disbelief,
When Ofsted come to call.

No governing body can drift asleep,
Not know how the framework’s changed,
In close touch with expectations you must keep
And not from them be estranged.

Listen to the tolling bell,
And heed what has been said.
And may there be no sadness of farewell
To any current head …..

For though we cannot choose the time and place
Of the Ofsted inspector’s car,
We hope not to see an HMI’s face
Now they have raised the bar.

……

Crossing the bar

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

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