A SCHOOL inspector was shocked to discover a headteacher in his underpants and pupils waltzing into classes four hours late.

These are just some of the scenes witnessed in the Jeffrey household in Brighton as the family comes to terms with the reality of home-schooling during the coronavirus lockdown.

Former inspector Andrew Jeffrey created a “mocksted” report after several weeks of teaching his two sons Ben, nine, and Dan, 16.

The report branded the “school” appalling.

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Mr Jeffrey, who is a maths consultant at www.andrewjeffrey.co.uk, singled his own teaching abilities out for particularly harsh criticism with leadership and management receiving a “shocking” rating.

The report stated: “School leaders have ensured that the school’s overall effectiveness has tanked since the last inspection.

“Pupils are regularly late to lessons and often leave the class without permission.

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“Absenteeism is a daily occurrence, despite the school only having two pupils on roll. One child was found watching a Netflix box set without adult supervision.

“The Key Stage Two pupil was recently caught playing Fortnite and claimed it was a geography project. He was excluded for two weeks.

“One pupil in Key Stage Four does not arrive at school until about 1pm, but when inspectors questioned him he could give no clear reason why he was not at school.”

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It also claimed the teacher’s target of “getting everyone showered and dressed by lunchtime” was not “sufficiently aspirational”.

Mr Jeffrey posted the report on social media and received an overwhelming response from parents stuck in similar positions.

His post on Twitter has been re-tweeted more than 1,300 times. His actions even prompted a response from Ofsted.

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A spokesman for the organisation said: “Dear Headteacher. Monitoring visit showed excellent leadership skills in difficult circumstances. Our admiration and thanks to all parents and children keeping it together.”

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