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I visited an academy yesterday...

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Oldfashioned, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    'tends to smile rather than action her targets'. 'Despite her cheerful demeanour, she dresses too casually..' ' one kid got s C so she deserves capability'. Oh yes, they can always snout about and find some evidence for their piggy trials...
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  2. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Teachers really need to set up more smal, schools and undercut these ********. I've had enough. Half the academy kids I tutor cannot punctuate. They are 15. This is a national disgrace. Nobody objects in parliament. The public feel utterly disenfranchised.
  3. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    The public is utterly disenfranchised.
  4. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Yes. I bow to your superior auxiliary verb, Delnon!
    I shall vote 'Green' at the next election!
  5. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    Slight misunderstanding there. Other languages have a grammar, but English has exceptions. Collective nouns such as "public", "government" and "team", although grammatically singular, may also be used in the plural. We do it to confuse Johnny Foreigner, don't you know.

    I was merely emphasising that the public's feeling of disenfranchisement is absolutely correct.

    Vote any way you like at the next General Shamection: the chances of your vote counting are between 3:1 and 4:1 against.
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  6. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    Gosh, I feel so dumb!
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  7. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Oh yes,agreed. Just pondering the grammaticals.
    Ur...still a bit early for me but...'is' is a primary auxiliary verb, innit? The public, as in all of us lot...can't it be 'is hacked off' OR 'are hacked off'? I've never thought about this before. Does it need the definite article at the front to make it 'are'? As in...the government is ****....the government are ****....?
  8. lulu57

    lulu57 Lead commenter

    I was shocked* that the OED says that you can now use dice for the singular - after years of telling children that one such object was a die!

    *Take this with a pinch of salt...deary me...I think I need to get out more!
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  9. ValentinoRossi

    ValentinoRossi Star commenter

    So true. I worked on supply for one autumn term and served days in local academies.

    One very large, very 'flash' academy stands out as a nightmare. All chrome, shiny steel and glass. Beautiful landscaped gardens. iPADS issued to each pupil and each teacher. Each classroom hi-tech. Impressive

    SMT members patrolling the corridors with walkie-talkies, ready to remove any "troublesome" pupil. Crying in the staffroom.

    After the 28 year old DH "popped in" to one of my Year 11 lessons, I was called to his office at lunchtime. I was, apparently, "doing too much teacher-talk". This was a Year 11 GCSE History class which had not had a regular teacher for 14 months. I have taught GCSE History very successfully previously, so I thought that I was doing the right thing by the pupils: lively, animated lessons, lesson material and revision booklets, created by me (which had helped to result in grades A*-B year on year). I answered pupils' questions, taught them how to structure History essays, got them to copy notes from the board :)eek: gasp!) No behavioural problems whatsoever in these lessons.

    But I was advised that, if I wanted to secure more days on supply there, I would have to adopt "independent learning" and allow pupils to "own their classroom". I left after lunch and asked the agency not to send me there again.
  10. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Their loss! What idiots. I pity those kids who, for once, tasted a real lesson.
  11. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    And that encapsulates one day of the major problems with our current education system.
  12. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Being that good staff and being patronised by clueless pillocks.
  13. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Are being!
  14. inceywincey

    inceywincey Occasional commenter

    I work for an academy chain - I do not like it. But I have just read a job ad that has almost put me off ever trying to move.
    It was long but main points - required unqualified teacher. Must be an outstanding classroom practitioner with experience of teaching students with complex needs. Then a long list of personal attributes the strangest of which was 'positivity'. Apparently staff have a responsibility to be positive as negativity leads to low expectations and excuses.
  15. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    That's because Disney are sponsoring that 'Smile as you walk thu our gates guys!' perimeter fence they put up last week...
  16. RedBedHead94

    RedBedHead94 Established commenter

    YES! An anonymised TripAdvisor for schools. I think you can review some employers on Indeed - if only schools came under it...
  17. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter


    Not really taken off though.
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  18. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Neither has ratemyteacher - an appalling site which should be taken down

    There is some really unpleasant stuff on there.
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  19. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    You need to register as your school's moderator then post great stuff about your colleagues;)
  20. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    The new build academies I have visited do not have staff rooms.

    Divide and conquer?

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