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Join the TESS pre-election debate

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by gailrobinson, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Make sure your voice gets heard on Thursday, March 3. Join the TESS for this exclusive opportunity to quiz the five main political parties on their plans for education.
    Speaking are:
    Robin Harper MSP - Scottish Green Party
    Des McNulty MSP - Scottish Labour
    Michael Russell MSP - Scottish National Party
    Elizabeth Smith MSP - Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
    Margaret Smith MSP - Scottish Liberal Democrats
    After the five speakers the floor will be open for questions from the audience. It's your chance to have your say.
    Find out how to book your free ticket
     
  2. Make sure your voice gets heard on Thursday, March 3. Join the TESS for this exclusive opportunity to quiz the five main political parties on their plans for education.
    Speaking are:
    Robin Harper MSP - Scottish Green Party
    Des McNulty MSP - Scottish Labour
    Michael Russell MSP - Scottish National Party
    Elizabeth Smith MSP - Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
    Margaret Smith MSP - Scottish Liberal Democrats
    After the five speakers the floor will be open for questions from the audience. It's your chance to have your say.
    Find out how to book your free ticket
     
  3. I can't get there. Any chance we could make a list of questions here and TESS could put the most popular to the speakers?
     
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    I can't either so I second airy's suggestion.

     
  5. Do the panel agree that Scottish schoolchildren deserve to be taught AT ALL TIMES by fully qualified teachers who specialise in the area/subject of the curriculum they are teaching?
     
  6. What commitment do the MSP's give to staff who have invested time and money in the Chartered Teacher programme that the CT programme will continue, given that the McCrone agreement was seen to be an agreemnent fit for the '21st Century'?
     
  7. jonowen

    jonowen Occasional commenter

    How about re-instate subject PTs and get rid of Faculty Heads? That "agreement" seemed to creep in and was held like a gun to the heads of newly appointed HTs. The damage and extra cost is easy to see - let's get rid!
     
  8. vforvendetta

    vforvendetta New commenter

    Get rid of faculty heads, as well as the farcical numbers of Depute heads that have sprung up since I was a schoolboy. Used to be one in my very large school in the 70s-80s, and he had a teaeching load. What do they do all day? Get in some cheap clerical assistants to shuffle the paperwork.
     
  9. vforvendetta

    vforvendetta New commenter

    And another thing, turn down the heating and save a fortune. My school has the heating on full all day, all the windows are open, it's snowing outside, and still at least 25 Celsius inside. The weans all compain it's feezing, but who cares. They are too molly-coddled
     
  10. Hello all,
    We will collect these questions and attempt to pose as many as possible to the politicians. If you would like your thoughts to be included in the list please pose as a question in this thread.
    Many thanks
    Gail
     
  11. Q1 Given that in the primary sector we need a 1:12 ratio to take a walk outdoors (it's even higher for infants) and taking full account of the impending redundancies for classroom assistants and auxiliaries along with the unavailability of parents (most of whom are working) how do they suggest we implement Curriculum for Excellence in all its activity based glory?
    Q2 In light of the sweeping 'reforms' proposed to contracts of employment for those of us in schools how can they justify the expenditure on glossy publications the Scottish Office issue in support of the afore mentioned Curriculum for Excellence.
    Q3 Do they have any comment to make on these publications which are in themselves an art form of using as many words as possible to say virtually nothing?

    To quote Private Eye 'I think we should be told' !
     
  12. If the issue is really cost saving, why get rid of those front line workers at a time when they are obviously needed most (Curriculum for 'Excellence')? Surely more savings could be made by getting rid of pointless organisations such as HMIE/LTS - or at the very least, mothball them? Education is the name of the game - not accountability. Attacking the front line where it actually happens makes absolutely no sense at all.
     
  13. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Agreed - get rid of Faculties. Most FH's are incapable of doing the job anyway - many Faculties have only survived on the goodwill of the former PT's on conserved salaries. Some subjects have been wiped out as a result of incompetence and bad management on the part of FH's. Some FH's have only gone for the post to boost their salary and pension - and for no other reason.
     
  14. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    No 1 on the hit list for savings has to be Glow - what a monumental waste of time and money.
     
  15. I couldn't agree more and add to that the i-pods, guitar hero, web cams, animation programmes, dance mats and Wii's that have been distributed to schools, all of hwich are rceiving a cut in per capita.
    The current expectation that each class has an inter-active white board is another drain on funds. £1500 for the board, £1000 + for installation and repleacement bulbs at around £200 each - no money for jotters and pencils and no support staff to supervise.
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum.

     
  16. In a nutshell [​IMG] - nicely put.
     
  17. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    <ol>[*]What level of commitment can the panel give to prospective teachers about to start their PGDE in August 2011 around (a) the continuation of the probation year, including the amount of contact time, and (b) employment after the probation year?[*]Does the panel agree that the over-recruitment of trainee teachers in recent years was a mistake?[*]Given the protection afforded to NHS spending by the SNP government in recent years, would the panel consider replacing this with protection for education?[*]Does the panel agree that, in the current economic situation, continuing with free personal care for those who could afford to pay themselves should be removed in order to increase spending on education for children?</ol>
     

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