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Dollar Academy DHT is Masterchef runner up

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by morrisseyritual, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. morrisseyritual

    morrisseyritual Occasional commenter


    So... a DHT for whom cookery isn’t even her teaching specialism? I pray that she has left teaching or that this was an unpaid sabbatical because I’d love to hear how “Jilly” swung this as paid leave.

    Worryingly it smacks of the rare old time many DHTs have at their school’s expense, Nero fiddling while workload increases and cover crises expand for the unpromoted mugs.

    Maybe I’m doing her a disservice... Anyone know further details?
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  2. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    I find you post rather mean. Plus,is her school not a private school?
  3. bigjimmy2

    bigjimmy2 Established commenter

    The cynicism of the OP is fine. Wouldn't have it any other way.
    inthered likes this.
  4. davieee

    davieee Occasional commenter

    If her school is in the public sector, as a taxpayer, i'd take a view on it but if its a private school, its between her and her HT / School board to decide.
    catmother likes this.
  5. Marisha

    Marisha Occasional commenter

  6. morrisseyritual

    morrisseyritual Occasional commenter

    Yes, tis a private school.

    Apologies for any meanness but it was the fact that the DHT seems to exemplify an exaggerated version of a trend among public sector managers to engage in irrelevant ulterior matters. To great glory from higher ups.
  7. A_Million_Posts

    A_Million_Posts Star commenter

    I thought she was fantastic and a real role model for any young person on the power of learning and perseverance.

    Teachers are allowed to have lives outside of teaching. It's sour grapes and unfair on this woman to use her success as a vehicle to complain about SLT.
    alexmurraybrown and catmother like this.
  8. bigjimmy2

    bigjimmy2 Established commenter

    "Fantastic" and "role model": by cooking? Really?
  9. beharder

    beharder Occasional commenter

    Home Economics is becoming part of the History curriculum in many state schools in Scotland. No slight on the Dollar teacher but some of the s##$t they cook on that programme does not feature to heavily in the diet of the average Scottish teenager , nae chips n cheese or curry sauce.
  10. A_Million_Posts

    A_Million_Posts Star commenter

    Yes. I don't understand the need to pour scorn. Does nobody here watch Masterchef?
  11. Gavster77

    Gavster77 Occasional commenter

    I take the point ‘A_Million_Posts’ gives about inspiration... but only so far because I recognise some of what Morrisseyritual is driving at.

    I’ve been in a school where the HT’s position as a rugby referee was actually quite beneficial. He won us a school bus, radio equipment and bid successfully for a new sports stadium to be built right next to the school. His standing in media and rugby circles was a boon and he was inspirational to the pupils.

    However I suffered under a PT who pursued appearances on TV quiz shows and even went AWOL (this was the early 90s so he got away with it) so he could go on ‘15 to 1’ on channel 4. As a PT he was a bullying incompetent. He has long retired.

    So, on balance, this kind of thing can be more self serving for the teacher. When it comes down to it a game show requires others (public school or no) to make sacrifices - and I can see that only very tenuously could a social sciences DHT suggest a tv cookery competition was linked to her cpd in any way.

    I know teachers who are artists, writers, coaches, singers etc outside of school, who have a great other life - but if a DHT puts energies into her/his competing in a game show rather than, say, laying on such an event in the school, it smacks of arch ego tripping.
  12. bigjimmy2

    bigjimmy2 Established commenter

    No, I don't. Better things to do than watch people cook. Or dance. Or watch their "talent".
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  13. zebedoink

    zebedoink New commenter

    An entire lifetime ago I taught in a rural school where the less academic kids from the farming community were excused from taking a Science subject (curriculum modes of study, remember them?) if they took instead a course cobbled together from SCOTVEC modules, coupled with farm visits, tree planting, etc.
    A good few of these pupils had milk rounds which entailed getting up at some unearthly hour of the morning and then arriving at school having done a good few hours work already. They were well paid for these milk rounds (+ tips) and had substantial amounts of ready cash, for 14-15 years old anyway.

    One day, when it was too wet to go outside, I steered the resulting conversation round to what they would do when they left school, in the not-too-distant future, pointing out that while £50/week seemed a lot (at the time it was certainly more spare cash than I had a week), it would not keep them in rent, clothes, booze, fags, etc.

    "Billy, how much would you spend a week on clothes?"

    "Dunno, about a tenner, I suppose."

    "And booze/fags?"

    "Dunno, a few quid."

    "And meals?"

    "I get my breakfast before my milk round and my lunch when I'm finished."

    "And what about your tea?"

    "That's £7.70 for the week, seven sausage suppers at £1.10."

    "Aye, OK, but you wouldn't have a sausage supper every night though..."

    "I f**kin' would if I'm paying for it....."
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  14. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    OK, so setting aside e that Dollar is a private school, even if the contestant was at a state school this could still have happened. How?

    1. All teachers after a certain number of years of service can take a sabbatical of up to one year, for whatever reason, unpaid.

    2. Masterchef is filmed at the weekend - only the overseas trip bit (in this case, to Hong Kong) would have required time away from school and TBH I would be rounding on any head who didn't agree to this, especially if it was unpaid. (Can you imagine the fallout - "Unfortunately, contestant X has had to withdraw from the competition for personal resons." A quick trawl by a tabloid through Facebook would identify why and which school, followed by a stream of press emails naming and shaming it.)

    There's a time and place for cynicism, but, TBH, this isn't one of them.
  15. Gavster77

    Gavster77 Occasional commenter

    I have no problem with it. However,I think that, given the contestant is upper management in teaching, her underlings will need chapter and verse if ever refused sabbatical or a day off for a wedding, or else cite her TV jaunt here.
  16. bigjimmy2

    bigjimmy2 Established commenter

    I just think that it's a non-event. Not worthy of comment. I'm sure her family are thrilled for her etc but for me this type of telly is cheap to make (a major attraction for producers) and lowest common denominator. Programs like this, and BGT etc, are kids' Saturday morning TV for vacuous adults: all loud noise and flashing lights.

    Sorry for being cynical but, then again, I don't read The Sun either.

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