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Hinds wants to continue his work to reduce teachers’ workload under new PM

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Damian Hinds admitted this week that teachers’ workload is at the top of his to-do list of issues to tackle in education and hopes to carry on the work that he has started under a new prime minister. He also wants to improve the recruitment and retention of teachers:

    ‘Damian Hinds has said he wants to continue as education secretary under a new prime minister to finish the job of reducing teachers' workload and improving recruitment and retention in the profession

    The education secretary told Tes the government also needed to do more to close the attainment gap and to prepare pupils for post-Brexit Britain.’


    Would you be happy for Damian Hinds to stay in the job as education secretary or do you think the DfE needs a new person at the helm? What do you think of his record so far? Do you think enough is being done to tackle the problem of excessive workload? Are you convinced that councils and multi-academy trusts will take notice of Hinds' request to reduce the burden of data collection on school staff? Will the problems of workload, recruitment and retention ever be solved?
  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Damien Hinds is education secretary! Who knew?
    lardylegs likes this.
  3. Grandsire

    Grandsire Senior commenter

    I haven’t noticed any decrease in my workload - when is this initiative going to start?
    lardylegs likes this.
  4. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    He says better things than several of his predecessors. However, not much has happened and the pay rise may not happen in schools as there is not much extra budget.
    He only says - he doesn't "do".
    He wants to close the attainment gap - why is the Government not funding its requirements for special needs support?
    Oh, because he only says he wants to close the gap, and he's a Tory so we take what he says with a pinch or two of salt.
    lardylegs likes this.
  5. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I expect he's talked to a few heads. He's talked to one or two carefully selected teachers. I also suspect that he's taught no lessons, marked no books, written no schemes of work and taken no detentions.
    He hasn't really worked with teachers, and I have no faith that any input from teachers will feature in his role of overseeing the next below inflation boost to funding so that he can claim"we're spending record amounts".
    colpee, lardylegs and Grandsire like this.
  6. nervousned

    nervousned Senior commenter

    I can't stop laughing. Did he say this with a straight face?
    lardylegs likes this.
  7. bessiesmith

    bessiesmith Occasional commenter

    On the grounds that he appears to do nothing - and this is considerably preferable compared to the disaster of Michael Gove for example - then he's probably better than many alternatives.
  8. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    To be fair to the lad the worst thing he does is appoint his cronies and twitter fan boys to his specialist committees.

    I’ve had worse.

    Really though, they need to stop spending a fortune on rebrokering perfectly fine schools simply because a flawed ofsted think they are not good enough. Especially when deprived areas appear disproportionately on lower ofsted ratings - showing ofsted is biased. I’m hearing he's getting this message and unless ofsted reforms itself it will be reformed.
    lardylegs likes this.
  9. shevington

    shevington Occasional commenter

    Mr Hinds has gone .
    Easyasabc likes this.
  10. lardylegs

    lardylegs Occasional commenter

  11. Crommo89

    Crommo89 New commenter

    In principle, I agree, but doesn't it say something that he is perceived as being better than at least one of his predecessors for the simple reason that by doing nothing, he hasn't cocked anything up?
    It could be argued that, by doing nothing, and not changing the things that are wrong is, actually a **** up in itself.
  12. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Maybe. It rather assumes that Government ministers share the same perception of wrongness as those of us working with the children.
    Sadly, a feeling of pragmatism leads me to feel that the best we can hope for is to let us get on with our jobs without further reforms which always add to the workload.
    I fear more grammar schools and less support for schools in toughest areas along with "greater autonomy" which will be meaningless freedom with less money.
    JohnJCazorla likes this.
  13. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    A former prime minister of New Zealand (Robert Muldoon) told an interviewer that his ambition was to leave the country no worse than when he found it. If only a few more politicians would subscribe to that idea we might not be in such a mess.
    phlogiston likes this.

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