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Why is this even news, TES?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by frodo_magic, Sep 17, 2020.

  1. frodo_magic

    frodo_magic Occasional commenter

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  2. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Most of the article consists of direct quotes from the Education Minister, so not sure how this is "anti Government". Unless you feel his words show the Government in a bad light, which might be a reasonable view to hold.

    Or perhaps, in the words of Mumsnet, youve got too much time on your hairy hands, again.
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  3. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter


    Most schools will be closed completely when staff awaiting tests lead to teacher shortages and inevitable school closure.

    The government will not even attempt to explain what the problem is. I suspect bojo´s mates want more money.
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  4. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    In the "news" section on TES today, I can only see items about precisely this topic, apart from one about some CPD guff.
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  5. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    It has been explained time and again that the problem is insufficient staff to process tests following the steep increase in demand for testing that has resulted from extensive new areas of local lockdown as well as from schools and universities re-opening, and people returning to the workplace.

    Many of the staff who have been processing tests in the labs have been technicians and bio staff who have had to return to their jobs in universities this month. The government put out an appeal at the weekend for universities to release at least 400 of them to go back to the virus processing labs.
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  6. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Why is it news today?

    Maybe because it's a straightforward report of what the Secretary of State for Education said to the Parliamentary Select Education Committee yesterday?

    Seems a reasonable thing for a specialist education publication to report. Why do you think it isn't frodo?
  7. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I missed that bit. I expect the article was edited after you read it. Was it disapproving of a million Governments? I didn't think that there were that many in the world.
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  8. ajrowing

    ajrowing Star commenter

    A much more interesting article would be what Gavin Williamson had spent lockdown doing. It is clear for all to see that it was not running the government department that he is supposedly in charge of, because if it was, then surely he would have resigned after the series of calamities that have occured?
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  9. Lidnod

    Lidnod Star commenter

    I think the OP needs to do a media studies course so that he can recognise genuine spin. I recommend the Daily Mail as a useful study. Here is how an anti government spin might enrich the article:
    Gormless Gavin Williamson, much criticised Education Secretary, has reluctantly admitted, under pressure from more informed fellow MPs, that while thousands of heroic teachers "went above and beyond" during the draconian coronavirus lockdown there were, to his seeming surprise, "some that didn't do as much."
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  10. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    From the article: 'The education secretary told MPs on the Commons Education Select Committee today that Ofsted would be checking on schools' remote learning provision after concerns were raised that some pupils were not being educated during the lockdown.'

    And what exactly were Ofsted inspectors doing during lockdown? Who is going to be checking on them?
  11. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Don't know who checks what but the great majority of Ofsted inspectors aren't employed by Ofsted as full time inspectors. They are Heads/Deputies/SLT seconded by their schools to join inspection teams for specific inspections. As no inspections took place presumably they were working in their schools as usual.
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  12. ajrowing

    ajrowing Star commenter

    Perhaps they are the teachers dear Gav was thinking of who were not pulling their weight.
  13. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    I have a huge list of government ministers and hangers on who seem to have forgotten they are public servants.
  14. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Remote learning would be impossible for those pupils with no access to the internet or a device to use.

    Perhaps dear Gavin should be pushing for more money to ensure no pupil is left unable to access the remote learning which his/her school provides,
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  15. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    What? People like this?

    A Conservative MP has been told to apologise for breaching rules on donations.

    David Morris was found to have broken the paid advocacy rule when he asked a question in the Commons after accepting a £10,000 donation.

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  16. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Is an apology the only penalty? Surely the mp should at least be made to return the donation?
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  17. ajrowing

    ajrowing Star commenter

    Was there a party at the last election who suggested the government should pay for everyone to have broadband, oh how we laughed at them.
  18. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Abysmal planning.

    The diminishing of laboratory resource as short-term staff leave has been known about for ages, as has the fact that that would coincide with a demand in testing as people went back to work, children to school and ministers urged people to get tested. But they have failed to act until the predictable crisis is upon them, and it is just not good enough - again!

    Now we are in a situation where people may be deciding not to bother applying for a test, or travelling to test centres that are too far away. Add that to a slow turn-around of results, track and trace failures and logistical in adequacies around distribution of tests and it is hard to get away from the impression that Phase 2 is inevitable.
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  19. modelmaker

    modelmaker Star commenter

    In other news, the Disney movie "Bambi has the Coronavirus " predicted to be a Christmas blockbuster hit a snag after Donald Trump imposed increased tarriffs on Chinese imports, but reversed that after Disney had a word and told hime he would be spoiling Christmas for American kids if he prevented them from having a sick Bambi toy to cuddle on Christmas Day.

    Disney has now been able to reassure Yankeefolk they need not worry that stocks of sick Bambis will run out before Christmas.
  20. thyr

    thyr Occasional commenter

    No, I don't suppose the out of work supply teachers did do a great deal of work during lockdown. Didn't get paid either.
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