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Disillusioned, disaffected and PiXL

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by saynotoboxticking, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. saynotoboxticking

    saynotoboxticking New commenter

    Was recently rejected from a job interview.

    Had some really positive feedback which I'll take forward for the next role that I apply for, but the sub context was clear - there is people out there that are cheaper.

    The sad thing is when meeting other candidates you realise what a sad state of affairs things are in with lots of non subject specialist applying for jobs.

    Seems the 'profession' is becoming staffed with a load of power point delivery boys and middle 'managers' none of whom know their subject, or maybe that's just my perception.

    Worst still is schools have become a toxic environment where staff are hung out to dry if they don't want to embrace the PiXL appproach of intervention (AKA students can't be @rsed to revise, so lets do it for them) and offer lunchtimes after school and weekends gratis - maybe it's just me.

    Anyway. Fri afternoon rant over. Be interested to hear from similar disillusioned professionals.
    lanokia likes this.
  2. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    You're not wrong.

    A youngster was preferred to me several years ago. She lasted a term. But I was UPS3. It was perfectly obvious that I would have been the better teacher. (OK, I'm being conceited but turns out I was right.)

    1 appoint someone cheap
    2 appoint someone biddable
    3 (and this has always been true) appoint someone who's a mate
    InkyP likes this.
  3. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    Ah yes PiXL - £3000 per school apparently......wished I thought of that....I'd be minted now.

    It involves almost continuous mock exams (I they are called pre-exams or something) - all of which have to be marked on top of your normal marking load. Walking talking mocks where the teacher goes through a whole exam. It the ultimate in teaching to the test.

    Oh and of course mega intervention with Saturday schools and after school sessions being the norm (but for no extra pay obviously)........

    The thing is that for many years I offered support to pupils in my subject after school for free. However, I resented it when I was told I had to provide it.

    I am a disillusioned former professional.
    Fierygirl and grumpydogwoman like this.
  4. saynotoboxticking

    saynotoboxticking New commenter

    Don't forget the endless PiXL PLCs (whatever they are) on Excel too Compassman! :eek:

    After we 'embraced' the PiXL DTT (Diagnose, therapy test for the uninitiated) and the kids still screwed up on the same topics I was told that 'perhaps we haven't equipped the kids with the tools to learn'.

    Er... no... they're just outright lazy and refuse to revise.

    Tests are purely a reflection of what they can remember on the day and not what they've made the effort to try and understand... my lot ideally want the whole GCSE taught in an hour, preferably in a 'fun' and 'engaging' way, ideally just before the exam.

    Whatever happened to the sense of satisfaction from mastering something that you've struggled with ? Or the concept of finding a teacher for additional support off your own back because one is motivated with their studies ?

    It seems no it is all about teachers chasing kids round the school to police attendance at intervention... So so wrong. Not even something that can be put down to youthful naiivity... And certainly something that pencil pushing SLT seems to encourage...
    Fierygirl and Compassman like this.
  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    What's the point of having everyone pass an exam? That would suggest they're all at the same level.

    Obviously not all exams are about rankings. Driving test. Health and Safety qualifications.

    But when results are used for selection purposes? And everyone gets A to C? Meaningless.
    lanokia likes this.
  6. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    I'd forgotten about DTT. We were supposed to fill in forms for all our underperforming kids (loads because the school gave them high aspirational targets) and fill in a diagnose column a therapy column and a test column to show intervention had worked. A complete waste of time filling in forms to justify the process of intervention and labelling which ones were pupil premium to justify the funding of the intervention.

    Not sure why the teachers doing the intervention for PP pupils were not paid extra.........
  7. saynotoboxticking

    saynotoboxticking New commenter

    We've got 'pupil premiums' rocking up in Range Rovers (well, the parents) and HODs defending their lack of equipment because they're in the PP demographic... even when we provide the fookers with equipment we never see it again... the old adage applying once again: the more we do/provide for them, the less they do for themselves... :mad:
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  8. May2

    May2 Established commenter

    As a former primary teacher who now does exam invigilating in a school like you are explaining, with all these after school classes and Saturday School and now these Pre-exams, can you tell me what PiXL stands for. I like to try to keep up with how this lovely caring small secondary has changed since being taken over by an academy last year! No longer employing invigilators for Mocks. Teachers are now covering pre-exams!.
  9. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    Yes. Whilst I was always happy to help out pupils who asked for it I found that the more intervention we did the more the pupils became reliant on the teacher.

    I fact it was often commented that pupils who left the school and went into sixth form at another school often struggled because no-one would do the work for them!
  10. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

  11. May2

    May2 Established commenter

    Thanks Compassman. I don't know if my school has joined this PiXL 'family' or not but they certainly are following some of their ideas. What an 'inspiring' video they have, lol
  12. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    'Driven by morality' and £3000 membership fees.
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  13. NarnianRoyalty

    NarnianRoyalty Occasional commenter

    Children aren't experiencing the satisfaction of mastering a skill because every piece of work has to have a 'feed forward'/Even Better If. How can success be its own reward if it's never acknowledged?
  14. sunshineonarainyday

    sunshineonarainyday Occasional commenter

    My school became a PiXL school whilst I was on maternity leave, and it seems to have become the focus of everything we do. I can see the benefits of some aspects, but without wanting to sound melodramatic, the soul has gone from what was once a very happy community as we spend every waking hour either setting exams or training students to pass them. Annual events which some of the current parents remember enjoying when they attended the school have disappeared mysteriously from the calendar, replaced by two extra mock exam periods (or PPEs as we now have to call them) and "walking talking mocks". It no longer makes me angry, just very sad.
    cach9801 likes this.
  15. Fierygirl

    Fierygirl New commenter

    At my last secondary school I was a head of house and the only specialist teacher of my subject. I used to give up three lunchtimes a week for year 11 students who wanted extra help or who wanted supervised revision. The other lunchtime were needed for pastoral stuff. When we became a PiXL school I suddenly got criticised for not chasing up the kids in my two 30-strong year 11 classes who didn't attend these sessions. Apparently I should have been setting detentions and ringing the parents of children who were refusing to give up their own time. These same kids were also expected to attend before school revision for maths, lunchtime revision for various subjects, and after school revision. The only thing we really taught them was that we will revise for you because you're not capable of doing it.
  16. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Glad I'm out of it.

    I used to ask my kids/students, "Well, you tell ME how you think you did. Did you do your best? Do you think you understood it? Have you got any questions for ME?"

    Let THEM think about it. Reflect on it for yourself.

    I don't believe in this preposterous spoon-feeding.
  17. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    I glad I'm out of it too.

    It's madness that you should have to spend time chasing up pupils who didn't turn up for your revision session run in your own time. My view is that if they don't turn up then that is their loss. Time for THEM to realise they've got to do the work rather than relying on the teacher to do it for them.

    Of course, those that run this 'club' will say that teachers can focus on the pupils' individual weak areas. I would argue that most teachers would know that without testing the kids every 5 minutes. Oh, and it is up to the pupil to get off their backside and do the work they need to do to reach the grade. If they don't then they sadly will fail.

    One thing I will say is that some pupils will not reach their targeted grade however hard they try. Teachers seem scared to admit this.
  18. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    You need a combination of effort and ability to get anywhere. The proportions vary from person to person and subject to subject.

    But without either flair or hard work you positively shouldn't be passing the exam. If you've no talent then you shouldn't have been entered for it. If you didn't work at it then more fool you.

    There's more than book-learning. There's learning by experience that you put nowt in and you get nowt out!
  19. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    A good point was made about 'success' never being reached if there is always a 'Even Better If.' I have been a victim of this idea myself, although assessment is less strict in an 'enrichment' period I teach, I deliberately made the .9 (top level) criteria unattainable during the activity itself so they have something to work up to!
  20. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    School hours were presumably determined and limited for a reason.

    So why flog a dead horse?

    If you don't keep up then you're either in the wrong stream or you're idle.

    Extra lessons? Essentially a punishment for all concerned.
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