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English Teachers Vote to Boycott Inspections

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by cochrane1964, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. cochrane1964

    cochrane1964 New commenter

    Interesting twist in the campaign in England.


    Martin Powell-Davies, from Lewisham in south London, spoke of the "excitement" at being able to tell a class: "Stop what you're doing ? we've got an unwelcome visitor and we need them to leave." The message would be, he argued, "Ofsted, you're not welcome in our schools".

    "This surely could be one of a lengthy list on non-strike actions that we could consider. We could get united action alongside other unions as well," he added.

    Delegates said the NUT should follow the lead shown in Northern Ireland by the two teaching unions ? the Irish National Teachers' Organisation and the Ulster Teachers' Union ? where school inspections have had to be cancelled as a result of a policy of non co-operation. At least 12 were cancelled and others were left incomplete. One teacher said: "They have proved that action short of strike action can have teeth."

    Yesterday's motion also expressed anger over schools being forced to convert to academies by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, if they fail inspections by Ofsted.

    It warned that schools serving the country's most disadvantaged areas were most likely to be singled out because Ofsted was linking test and examination results to the grades it was awarding schools.
  2. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    Any one else very annoyed with our unions are they seem to have just given up on any action? Can't understand how we came from a National day of action in November to nothing at all? I am aware that the EIS is supposedly in some kind of negociation with the Scottish Government but I'm not happy about the SSTA's stance either.
  3. cochrane1964

    cochrane1964 New commenter

    The only game in town is the EIS. Due to their hegemony and closeness to COSLA and ScotGov, they will always seek accommodation rather than fight for their members.
  4. But if their members were to urge them to take this stance.................?
    This is the sort of action that will hurt most where it is intended to hurt - not the sort that disrupts the public and gets them even more offside with teachers, playing into the hands of ScotGov by allowing them to point the finger of blame whilst standing back and saying "Not us!"
  5. Closeness to COSLA? Give over.

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