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Don't strike, donate a day's pay to poorest schools

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Shedman, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    I am sure your equipment is considered and evaluated alongside all other options for schools budgets, and the fact that schools choose then not to buy it indicates that it is not judged to be the best use of the money

    I don't get the impression you have much of an understanding of education, although I'm sure circus skills are fun, this is a leisure activity, not an academic subject.
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  2. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    100% correct, but I would add, isn't it a shame that slightly off centre activities such as these aren't offered to pupils. Schools should be about much more than just the academic.
    Jamvic likes this.
  3. circuskevin

    circuskevin Occasional commenter

    Hi folks,

    I am not really advocating you donate a day's pay.

    I am pointing out excellent unused resources available in the world to improve the lives of teachers and pupils.

  4. Lalex123

    Lalex123 Occasional commenter

    I don’t think you understand school budgets at all.

    Every school I’ve worked in have made redundancies. My last school 14 members of staff went at Christmas because they were made redundant.

    Why would a school in defecit, at risk of being reprimanded by the LA or academy chain, buy equipment that could only be used by a few students with a specialist teacher that has no direct impact on results?

    In my current school all the TAs have been made redundant. Who would run these non curriculum SEN lessons with this shiny new equipment? Would kids miss English, maths or science?
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  5. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    of course, I didn't say such activities were without value
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  6. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    I admire the sentiment but you do realise George Osborne was sacked back in 2016?
  7. circuskevin

    circuskevin Occasional commenter

    Hello @Lalex123 ,

    What sort of schools do you work in?

    The 'shiny new equipment' is mostly relevant to special and primary schools.

  8. Lalex123

    Lalex123 Occasional commenter

    I’d like you to answer my questions first Kevin
  9. circuskevin

    circuskevin Occasional commenter

    Yes, Miss, I will.

    I have no knowledge of school budgets.

    You need the TA employed first before thinking about getting this equipment. The cost of the equipment is trivial compared to the cost of a TA

    This equipment helps TA's in making progress with the pupils. This progress is not measurable in terms of exam results as the pupils they benefit most often do not take exams. Severe learning difficulty schools in particular would benefit most from use of this equipment.

    Autistic pupils in primary schools benefit in that this equipment gives them something they can achieve at. It can help their behaviour and have a calming effect too. These pupils usually have one to one workers assigned to them.

    The equipment could be used in playtimes for those pupils mentally functional enough to benefit from standard lessons. Cerebral palsy pupils are one example of this category.

    The equipment would not be any use in schools without TA's for health and safety reasons. If you work in one of these schools I would not advise getting any.

  10. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    As a TA, I couldn't imagine what part of the curriculum you think I need to drop from my timetable in order to play with circus equipment.

    Do you not think every other thing we do is aimed at helping pupils progress, calming their behaviour and giving them something they can achieve at?
  11. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    do you not have any inkling of the sheer number of companies constantly trying to sell us schemes, and ideas and equipment which could all possibly benefit our pupils, help calm their behaviour and give them something they can achieve at?
  12. Lalex123

    Lalex123 Occasional commenter

    I work in a secondary school so all this is irrelevant to most people in my position as schools where I live are actively trying to save money by having a skeleton staff of TAs which are so overworked and under paid/appreciated they wouldn’t get time or money to use your equipment.

    Whilst I’m sure it works wonderfully, schools are struggling to pay for equipment necessary for the curriculum so I don’t understand why they’d pay for anything that takes time, money, staff etc away from lesson times.

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