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Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Bobdog, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. ... and in the end it is you, the applicants for places, who will bear the cost.
    Since Michael Gove announced the reduced number of places available for PGCE Secondary courses an incredible round of 'horse trading' has begun between ITE providers. The trouble is, many of the courses are no longer viable with the numbers Gove/TDA have allowed. The income from those courses is less than the cost of running them.
    The result is that ITE providers have been busy trying to shrink their range of provision, and specialise in fewer areas, by 'trading' courses. The conversation goes like this; provider A 'phones provider B and says "We'll give you all our History places if you give us all your Geography places." Now if that deal goes ahead, and you have applied to A, but not to B (which could be an institution 100 miles away) for History (or to B and not for A for Geography) ... well come on, you're graduates, work it out for yourselves.
    Even those of you who have provisionally been offered places might get a 'phone call to say "Your course is no longer running at this institution, but we've reallocated you to ... "
    Meanwhile RBS, owned by us as taxpayers, announces a £1.1 billion loss, yet plans to pay £0.95 billion in bonuses to a few hundred staff (on top of the very high salaries they already earn) paid for by the cuts to jobs and wages in teaching/nursing/care etc. Is it only me that thinks the world has gone mad?
     
  2. ... and in the end it is you, the applicants for places, who will bear the cost.
    Since Michael Gove announced the reduced number of places available for PGCE Secondary courses an incredible round of 'horse trading' has begun between ITE providers. The trouble is, many of the courses are no longer viable with the numbers Gove/TDA have allowed. The income from those courses is less than the cost of running them.
    The result is that ITE providers have been busy trying to shrink their range of provision, and specialise in fewer areas, by 'trading' courses. The conversation goes like this; provider A 'phones provider B and says "We'll give you all our History places if you give us all your Geography places." Now if that deal goes ahead, and you have applied to A, but not to B (which could be an institution 100 miles away) for History (or to B and not for A for Geography) ... well come on, you're graduates, work it out for yourselves.
    Even those of you who have provisionally been offered places might get a 'phone call to say "Your course is no longer running at this institution, but we've reallocated you to ... "
    Meanwhile RBS, owned by us as taxpayers, announces a £1.1 billion loss, yet plans to pay £0.95 billion in bonuses to a few hundred staff (on top of the very high salaries they already earn) paid for by the cuts to jobs and wages in teaching/nursing/care etc. Is it only me that thinks the world has gone mad?
     
  3. The world has gone mad.
    But, as much as I'd love even a tiny share of a £0.95billion, I'd go crazy working in banking!
     
  4. If I run for Education Secretary would you guys vote for me? I have no experience of politics, budgets or even real teaching and yet I couldn't possibly do a worse job.
     
  5. I remarked a while ago that I thought Gove was the worst Education Secretary since Ken Baker. Recently I discovered Baker is one of Gove's chief advisers! [​IMG]
     
  6. I'd vote for you Anna! Bursaries gone, loads of places cut and worse they do it during the application process and drag it all out. Don't see how it can get worse!
     
  7. I strongly suspect Michael Gove will see that as a challenge!
     
  8. Hear hear! While I'm all for a new government taking action and actually making decisions without years of faffing and fuss, there does need to be some kind of balance. This bull at a gate, 'cut before you think' approach has caused nothing but chaos and confusion for the TDA. ITT providers and especially applicants......
     

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