While Teachers Marked Their Books by @RachelOrr

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While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks Teachers Marking Books


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This short and quirky seasonal blog, and is a twist on the classic Christmas hymn, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks. Tweet this blog here

This is an annual co-blog, featuring narration by headteacher @RachelOrr. We would recommend to the reader that you click here to play the melody whilst you read. You can also read our take on ‘Twas the night before Christmas and Auld Lang Syne #OfstedStyle that we produced last year.

While Teachers Marked Their Books

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While teachers marked their books last night,
The lead inspector viewed;
The school’s website and raise online,
Our data means we’re screwed.


Image: Emilio_13

Fear not, said she, the mighty head
Who tried to calm the fear;
Of those awaiting lesson obs,
From those who interfere.

To you in special measures now,
We’ll see you in four weeks;
To check improvements have been made,
Adjustments and some tweaks.

Bulldog clip

Image: Steve A Johnson

The final report you there shall find
Published on t’internet,
Four judgements made about the school
We’d much rather forget.

Thus spake the head who said forthwith
It’s time for things to change;
It’s up to us to lead the way,
Agree and rearrange.

No glory be to Gove below,
It’s time for some release;
Let’s fight for what we all believe
Begin and never cease.

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Tweet this blog here. What seasonal song would you like to see translated into an educational equivalent? Please let us know.

You can also read:

  1. Twas the night before Christmas.
  2. and Auld Lang Syne #OfstedStyle.

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Image: Steve A Johnson


While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” is a Christmas carol describing the Annunciation to the Shepherds, with words attributed to Irish lyricist and England’s Poet Laureate, Nahum Tate. The exact date of Tate’s composition is not known, but the words appeared in Tate and Nicholas Brady’s 1700 supplement to their New Version of the Psalms of David of 1696. The carol is most commonly sung to two different tunes: Winchester Old in the United Kingdom and a variation on a Handel aria arranged by Lowell Mason in the United States.

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While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks Teachers Marking Books

7 thoughts on “While Teachers Marked Their Books by @RachelOrr

  1. Hi

    Not quite a seasonal blog – someone sent me this years ago about key skills and I have updated it for today’s teachers and their paperwork! I’m sure it is something most teachers will appreciate. Enjoy!!

    Jan Long

    The Lesson

    Then Jesus took his disciples up the mountain and gathering them around him, taught them saying:

    Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven

    Blessed are the meek

    Blessed are they who mourn

    Blessed are the merciful

    Blessed are they who thirst for justice

    Blessed are you when you are persecuted

    Blessed are you when you suffer

    Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven

    Try to remember what I am telling you …

    Then Simon Peter said “Will this count as part of our CPD?”

    … and Mathew said “Is this part of our departmental training?”

    … and Andrew said “Will we have a test on it?”

    … and James said “When do we have to know it for?”

    … and Phillip said “How many words?”

    … and Bartholomew said “Will I have to stand up and say it in front of the others?”

    … and John said “The other disciples didn’t have to learn it by heart – why do I have to?”

    … and Judas said “What is it worth?”

    … and the other disciples likewise.

    Then one of the Pharisees who was present asked to see Jesus’ aims and objectives, his scheme of work and his lesson plans. He then enquired of Jesus his record of work, his class profile, his student’s individual profiles and SMART targets, his assignment tasks, his differentiation levels and his personal record of achievement.

    And Jesus wept!

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