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There has never been a better time to be a teacher

Discussion in 'Education news' started by monicabilongame, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    "Speaking at a fringe event organised by thinktank ResPublica at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mr Gibb trumpeted opportunities now on offer to teachers and what he argued was an elevated status enjoyed by the classroom workforce as a result of his party’s reforms."

    “This government is on the side of teachers, giving them the freedom to teach as they see best. And we will return teaching to be the pre-eminent profession. More top graduates are coming into teaching and I believe the prestige of the teaching profession is increasing,” he said.

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  2. jomaimai

    jomaimai Established commenter

    Definitely! ;)
  3. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    Amazing. Can someone let me know when this starts to happen? It will give me something to look forward to.
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  4. Morninglover

    Morninglover Lead commenter

    The early 1980s were pretty good times to be a teacher, I remember
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  5. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Why do they keep this lie going that teachers are free to teach whatever way they think best?
    Still constrained by exams and management trying to second guess ofsted,
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  6. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

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  7. fineliner

    fineliner Occasional commenter

    Well said, Mr Harris.
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  8. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    I arrived in Scotland,in a small town,as a "French assistant" in the early 80s and shared a house with some young teachers. A fair few young teachers were in other shared houses and they all seem to spend lots of evenings (even during the week) down the local pubs (where older pupils could be seen too). I don't remember them working evenings or even seeing them doing any marking at home.
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  9. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    My first teaching job whole departments used to go to the pub on a Friday lunchtime (AND it was a catholic school....!!)
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  10. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    I must have done something very bad at some time. Our previous house was in the borough that has one M Gove as it!s MP. Then we moved- now we have N Gibb! Woe is me!
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  11. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    What he said.....:)

    damnant quod non intellegunt
  12. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    In my first job, I used to go for a walk at lunchtime, to reflect on the morning and get my head ready for the afternoon.
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  13. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    Yep. LIke that in my first job too. 1 hr 15 mins for lunch and a couple of pints before lessons in the afternoon. Marvellous!

    Maybe Mr Gibb thinks it's such a good time to be a teach due to the large number of vacancies?!
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  14. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    Hilarious! I wonder how long these top new graduates will last in the profession. My guess is as soon as that nice big bursary runs out.
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  15. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Oh dear, oh dear! What on Earth can we say about this. It is so depressing that some people are so out of touch with the real world.
  16. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    If your children are cocooned in the private system it is no wonder.
  17. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Has to be a lot of the problem.
  18. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Full marks for that HT in sticking his neck out.

    BUT ... BUT .... the focus of his complaint is that the "profession" is being attacked, rather than education is not being well addressed.

    Other grievances he lists refer mainly to who "owns" education.

    "My views on academies, free schools, lack of funding, assessment, Ofsted, pay rises, curriculum reform and the demise of local authorities will, of course, be different to yours.."

    This is classical Guardianista stuff. Decades of the left being blasé about education - only caring about its "ownership" and terms of employment - have helped create the current educational climate.
  19. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

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  20. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    If you're referring to previous Labour government education policies, they were only in power for thirteen years prior to the Conservative takeover in 2010 - hardly decades.

    Michael Gove, in his role as SoS for Education did more to demolish education in this country than any other SoS before him. Not only did he lay the foundations for a two-tier state education system (LA schools vs academy chains and free schools) he put into place the process that would allow schools to sack teachers within a term, based on the subjective evidence of lesson observations. In many cases (see Workplace Dilemmas) just one or two lesson observations graded as 'requires improvement' by one person provide enough evidence to lever a teacher from post.
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