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Things school leaders need to say...

Discussion in 'Education news' started by poltergeist, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. poltergeist

    poltergeist New commenter

    Because parents aren't in school, and don't really know what's happening, and want to believe that whatever they read in the news has no impact on their own child.

    1. Yes, that class is being taught by a cover supervisor. Unfortunately, we are unable to attract any science specialists and two of our teachers left the profession altogether last year.

    2. No, our cover supervisors aren't qualified. But they are cheap, and we can't afford qualified teachers in the current political climate.

    3. Provision for SEN students is a disaster. We just don't have the resources to provide proper support, or to offer our teachers the kind of training and preparation time they would need to meet these pupils' needs.

    4. I understand that your child's exam preparation is affected by that teacher's absence. She is a hugely committed professional, and feels so personally responsible for every child's welfare and education that she had a terrible emotional breakdown with very debilitating symptoms. We're doing our best to support her back into work, but really, she may never recover.

    5. I really wish I could tell you more about the courses your child will be starting in September, but the syllabus still isn't ready for publication, so we haven't been able to start planning its implementation at all.

    6. Well, we've abandoned the course that your child had hoped to take because it wasn't financially viable. And their maths class now has 34 students in it, and is split between two teachers; so really it's difficult to say exactly what their next learning steps should be.
  2. stevejp65

    stevejp65 New commenter

    "I'd really love to employ another teacher for your child's class, but unfortunately all of the budget has been swallowed up by pay rises for myself and SMT..."
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  3. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Lord it's depressing. But at least it's the holidays.
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  4. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    The response (DfE appoved)
    1. Don't worry we don't need qualified teachers anymore so anyone can teach Science.
    2. See 1.
    3. We are aware of this problem and are carefully selecting the future intakes to make sure this is no longer an issue.
    4. We've given up on supporting the teacher and have found another, much cheaper one.
    5. We are busy fast-tracking the most ruthless newbie into our SMT so we can get this planning done.
    6. The new unqualified teacher can sort out this.
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  5. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    The new marking regime is a genuine attempt to improve the quality of feedback to students and nothing to do with OFSTED.

    Those comments and help that the staff used to relay to students verbally are now written down at great length adding to teachers workload are there to help children remember the advice and nothing to do with OFSTED.

    The comments on students work now written in large script with a prominent thick red pen is to help the students see it more easily and is nothing to do with OFSTED

    Making the students write corrections in their exercise books for one period a week instead of teaching them will be of great help to the students and has nothing to do with OFSTED.

    Getting the students to record in their exercise books what they got wrong in their work and what corrections they made at the end of each week has nothing to do with OFSTED
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  6. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

    All the beautifully colour-coded and meticulously detailed planning, that has taken many weekends worth of work, sitting in a dusty lever arch file on my shelf in my office - is so that teachers know what they are doing each day and are delivering a broad, balanced, robust and high quality education for your child.

    It is absolutely nothing to do with Ofsted.
  7. applecrumblebumble

    applecrumblebumble Lead commenter

    based on the original post - we trust you to teach the curriculum in a professional manner.
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  8. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

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  9. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    You're pinching my punchline!!
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  10. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

    And complimenting your excellent sarcasm. 'It's nothing to do with Ofsted' could be a thread all on its own!
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  11. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

  12. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Whitespace, thread duly started and I'm expecting some equally cutting sarcasm from you!
  13. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Whitestag, sorry to get your name wrong in previous post - it's this wretched predictive text thingy.

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