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Discussion in 'Education news' started by Corvuscorax, Aug 15, 2019.
Where did I refer to people on this thread?
did it work?
I think that all of you who are suggesting that a name change for a school is to clear it's previous reputation are being incredibly naïve. How could you think that of our mighty and insightful leaders? Surely, by definition, as our leaders, and betters, they must have a deeper level of thinking about this that is far too complex for us mere chalkface wallahs to conceive of let alone understand.
Well, either that or they really do think we are too stupid not to work out what they are doing and the "mushroom" system really is in place.
A one of the biology teachers in my first school self-mockingly described himself as a semi-professional musician, as he played in a punk group on the club and college circuit. This band, he explained, regularly had to change its name to get repeat bookings an the same venues, due to its audiences being unappreciative of its oeuvre', possibly because the group was crepe.
Perhaps something similar applies to schools. It gets taken over by a MAT, introducing a new name, colour scheme for the walls and student uniforms, et voila.
With sarcasm like that you should be on the stage
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The first change was as a ‘reputation changer’
The school did chance (improve) a lot, but the reputation stuck for a long time. Perhaps without the name change it might have been longer.
The second change was to add “A Specialist ******* College” on the end.
The third was changing ‘School’ to ‘Academy’.
The fourth was when a new MAT took over.
I’m not sure what a name change ‘working’ looks like in most of those instances.
Used to do my head in when I was doing the rounds on supply. I'd get a booking for a school I'd never heard of so ask for the postcode for it... look it up and be like, "Is that near X school" and be told it WAS X school. Number of times I spent time circling an area looking for X school, going past a school marked Y school and then find out from friendly locals that it was the school I was after but the new noticeboard hadn't been delivered yet drove me nuts.