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EXCLUSIVE: Academies given £8m over 3 years to make staff redundant – despite teacher shortage

Discussion in 'Education news' started by stupot101, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. stupot101

    stupot101 Established commenter

    A Schools Week investigation reveals the hidden costs behind transforming failing schools

    The government has granted nearly £8 million to academies so they can dismiss staff – as many schools buckle under a recruitment crisis.

    Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the Department for Education (DfE) has given out £7.9 million during the past three years to allow 176 academies to make their staff redundant.

    The rest of the article is here
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  2. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    The first comment below the article says it all


    This is a way for academies to strip out expensive, experienced staff and replace them with cheap unqualified staff. How else to fund CEO’s six figure salaries?

    March 18, 2016 at 7:01 am
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  3. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    'Teacher shortage' is a misnomer it should be 'Cheap teacher shortage'.
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  4. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    'School business director Micon Metcalfe, who also trains other education leaders, said the pay-outs could reflect difficulties schools were having to balance their budgets.

    But she added: “I wonder what happens to the ‘discarded’ staff? I imagine unless there has been a clear capability case – which should be disclosed to the new school – people secure other jobs in time, either in schools or not.

    “I am sure that the school system loses some very effective people this way each year.”'

    So, her first sentence proves people are being got rid of because they're too expensive, not because they're poor teachers.
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  5. install

    install Star commenter

    And Headteachers have allowed this to happen by not uniting and challenging the Gov't in their own right.....

    You would have thought -as they were not actually teaching - that they could have found the courage a long time ago to support all their staff . Lets face it - a teacher with an NQT pass is now deemed too expensive by Heads and CEOs.
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  6. -myrtille-

    -myrtille- Occasional commenter

    I imagine part of this is also down to subject specialisms and what is and is not required.

    With changes to the curriculum, a lot of academies are increasing the number of maths and science lessons per week, and cutting time for everything else.

    My school seems to have a lot of part time art teachers. They must be overstaffed already, and now the school is cutting the number of hours for creative subjects (particularly at GCSE) to give more time to English, Maths and Science.

    So at this point, I imagine many heads would be making staff redundant as they are not needed. Our head says they really don't want to do this, so instead it's going to involve staff doing a lot more teaching outside of their subject area. In reality, I think some will seek work elsewhere, thereby saving the need for a redundancy pay off.
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  7. install

    install Star commenter

    And in the meantime the Head continues to enjoy an increased salary and continue to do no teaching lol

    How very understanding lol
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  8. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    As a technology teacher my colleagues in our department can see the writing on the wall for those subjects containing the merest hint of creativity. Reduced budgets year on year, no chance of replacing workshop tools and machines and we're teaching more and more periods in other subjects. When the government wakes up to the fact that the country needs to make things which requires designing skills DT as a subject will have bitten the dust.
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  9. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Such a contrast from a few years ago, when DT almost became a core subject, and everyone had to study it to GCSE.
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  10. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Yep, DT was right up there on par with all the other subjects in the 90s and there was (comparatively) balance in the curriculum. Most of our engineers are coming from India and Asia as it is. Things can only get worse for home-grown engineers and designers.
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  11. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    far too mucky. The contracted cleaning company will want extra to do your room. DT teachers are also notoriously rebellious and protective of their own subject. Weed them out I say. Or bring in an instructor, they are far cheaper.
  12. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    And resources cost such a lot - all that expensive equipment & materials which have to be bought afresh every year - you can't survive with ancient text-books or photocopied sheets.

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