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You utter spoon

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Teslasmate, May 16, 2019.

  1. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter


    Here's a list, none exhaustive

    Management bullying
    Management ignorance
    Management lazyness
    Management accepting all credit and passing on all blame
    Management being given all the money, so there is none for resources
    Management micromanaging
    Management constantly demanding more
    Management demanding pointless paper / data / meetings
    Management randomly changing things for no good reason
    Management mistaking themselves for competent
    Management believing their own hype
    Management holding teachers accountable for things they (the teachers) can't control
    Management abuse of statistics
    Management groups expanding
    Management supporting stroppy teenagers over their staff
    Management treating staff like stroppy teenagers
    Management being delusional about what results can be achieved
    Management making everything in the school about OFSTED, thus by extension their own careers
    Management believing that they are doing something valid
    Management being craven cowards in the face of stroppy parents
    Management assuming anything they can't do must be easy
    Management getting rid of experienced teachers by bullying them out with capability
    Management being mostly composed of less academic subject specialisms, and pontificating to academic teachers
    Management hiding in their offices rather than engage with stroppy teenagers
    Management addressing the minuscule numbers of poor teachers by abusing all of them
    Management interrupting lessons for learning walks
  2. Morgelyn

    Morgelyn New commenter

    So true, and including stroppy primary children along with the stroppy teenagers.
    Also: management rewarding students' bad behaviour with all manner of treats, ensuring continued bad behaviour...
  3. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    To be fair, I think that the article covers this when it says,

    3. Leadership

    The old adage that people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers, is not just a business catchphrase.
    stonerose, drek, agathamorse and 3 others like this.
  4. simonCOAL

    simonCOAL Occasional commenter

    So ‘challenging and stretching’ your team leads to less stress?

    Not too sure about that.

    Read somewhere recently that 50% of job leavers cited ‘poor management’ being the reason. Sorry, can’t be ar$3d to find a link, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

    Have to say, this is a very poor article. Entry level content. They really set themselves up for you @Teslasmate !
  5. bessiesmith

    bessiesmith Occasional commenter

    I think my three factors affecting teacher stress would be:

    Management - are they on my side?
    Behaviour of students - and back up from school if it's not good.
    Classroom conditions which contribute to good lessons - class size, availability of resources etc.

    In my current position 1 isn't too bad, 2 is a problem, 3 is disastrous.
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  6. drek

    drek Lead commenter

    #bessiesmith....The problem with number 1.
    They are on your side when it suits their needs......all depends on the latest training course they attend about how to ‘get the most’ from others ..... alongside a module on how to deflect deflect deflect if the ‘results’ or the meaningless OFSTEd grade goes down.

    If 2 and 3 are bad it is still survivable but if 1 is in deflect mode.....get the ell out as soon as the first friendly reminder emails start winging their way over.
    stonerose likes this.
  7. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

    Oooooohh...... Whit rattled your cage? Go on you can tell us, did it begin with an "M"?

    stonerose likes this.
  8. afterdark

    afterdark Senior commenter

    Sources of stress, in no particular order

    League Tables,
    Hostile media,
    False allegations,
    aggressive parents,
    forever moving goal posts,
    poor pay,
    ponzi - teachers pension scheme,
    those Judases within the profession who stab you in back,
    politicians meddling in education,
    people using the teaching profession to test their batshyte crazy theory for their qualifications.
    lack of resources,
    students who lie and cheat

    I need to stop there.
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  9. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Something also tells me that Our Chris has never actually taught.
    agathamorse likes this.
  10. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Also the fact that teaching is now populated by a lot of these, inside the classroom, the staffroom, the boardroom..society as a whole really. Gives a whole new meaning to school bells!
    agathamorse likes this.
  11. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Shame he didn’t really expand this much. Where is his point, example, explain?!
  12. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    The standard of journalism on the old TES, along with its illustrations, was superb. Nowadays, you get far more diluted and under-researched pieces like this. You wonder who is paying for these stories to run. It is not very good journalism. I think I realised that TES had changed direction when they kept covering pieces on Mr W, former Offunsteady chief. Sign o’ the times.
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