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Fundraising - testing the teachers

Discussion in 'Independent' started by jackoortwyn, Jan 19, 2016.


Is testing the teachers a good fundraising idea?

Poll closed Jan 26, 2016.
  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. jackoortwyn

    jackoortwyn New commenter

    We are looking to conduct some fundraising for a charity. We have established a challenging and testing test for teachers to have a go at. The idea is that teachers doing the test would have a group of students supporting them and helping them. Clues to the content on the test would be given and the teams would have to try and figure out what they need to revise. Students would donate money to support and encourage teachers but also to find out their results. It is really unique and original idea that could be a great fundraiser. However, after speaking to a deputy head they believed the idea was not a good one. We are just wanting to find out any opinions? ( Also the test is hard however, a lot of the answers can be figured out from the paper!)
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I tend to agree with your DH, this could be fraught with potential problems. Could be seen as divisive for a start and most teachers do not want any 'ignorance' to be shown up in front of students, if they value their discipline.
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    If the questions are simple enough for the pupils to be able to 'help', then they ought to be simple enough for the teachers to do without help.
    Not quite sure that any pupil would care enough about a teacher's results to pay to get them...and any poor result could open the teacher to all kinds of ridicule.
    I agree with the DH, not a good idea.
  4. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    I don't understand why on earth students would want to pay...

    Nor do I really understand how you are going to 'test' the teachers. Make them learn an unfamiliar subject area?

    I can see teachers being more willing if it were something more like a game. At a previous school, we had a competition to see how many fairly simple maths questions could be answered in one minute...but this was for Maths Week, not for any kind of fundraising.

    I took part years back in a Grade One-a-thon (give out musical instruments, the challenge is to get to Grade 1 within a term!) with my orchestra, for which we were all sponsored...but this wasn't in a school, and this is a much more niche and specialist activity.

    Afraid I'm also having difficulty understanding your idea...
  5. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    I think the main problem, thinking more, is that you seem to be in exam mode - "tests", "papers", and "results."

    If you want a fun game show-type format, give questions about science and maths to your English and creative subjects specialists, and ask all the science-y departments about arts and literature. Can be a good laugh with the right people, and has a nice side to it as well - you'll no doubt find teachers like my English colleague who happens to be halfway through an Open University maths degree, or the Head of Chemistry who turns out to be a hitherto-unknown fount of knowledge on everything to do with the theatre! And maybe you can make some money by charging the kids to watch, etc.

    Yes, it's very predictable - but I think it's more likely to succeed and get staff support than the idea you're proposing, to be honest.
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Quite a good 'take' on the idea and with the 'right staff', as you say could be quite entertaining.
    Still not convinced many students will want to pay though- bit too much like school for a great many! ;)
  7. pennyh.

    pennyh. Occasional commenter

    A bad idea listen to your DH who will have to deal with some of the post issues. Surely staff have enough to do.

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