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Dear Mr Gove,
Now that you have:
De-valued the teaching profession and made teachers look incompetent, lazy and under qualified
Frozen our pay
Increased our pension contribution, made us work for longer and get less money in return
Put a cap on QTS tests for students in the MIDDLE of teacher training. Potentially causing some undergraduate students to inherit £30, 000 debt and NO QTS.
Made 50% of secondary schools academies (some against their will)
Forced budget cuts on all LA schools
Made statements that exams are too easy at GCSE and A level
Criticised any teacher, school, governor or union for standing up against our beliefs
Plan to introduce performance related pay
Put far too much emphasis on a reading test in year 1 even though many leading academic commentators have cautioned this.
De-moralised every hard working teacher in the country
Taken teacher training out of universities and put emphasis on GTP qualifications. Again no evidence to suggest this is the most efficient method of training teachers.
Removed funding and training for NPQH qualifications making it possible for non-teachers to be head teachers.
Invested a lot of money into a new national curriculum which has been delayed and strangely enough will not have to be followed by academies or free schools.
Allowed the abomination that is Free Schools to be set up throughout the country causing schools to lose out on funding even though places are available in local schools
Made thousands and thousands of teachers lives unbearable
Convinced the media and general public that Ex-military and graduates with 1st class honours will make the best teachers and will solve all the current problems
I would just like to know what your plans for the next three years until the general election in May 2015 will be? Just so we can all be prepared.
When I wrote to him, I just got some flim flam back off a lackey. But we should keep writing.
brighton56De-valued the teaching profession and made teachers look incompetent, lazy and under qualified
brighton56Increased our pension contribution, made us work for longer and get less money in return
brighton56Made 50% of secondary schools academies (some against their will)
brighton56Made statements that exams are too easy at GCSE and A level
brighton56Criticised any teacher, school, governor or union for standing up against our beliefs
brighton56De-moralised every hard working teacher in the country
brighton56Removed funding and training for NPQH qualifications making it possible for non-teachers to be head teachers.
brighton56Made thousands and thousands of teachers lives unbearable
brighton56I would just like to know what your plans for the next three years until the general election in May 2015 will be? Just so we can all be prepared.
I appreciate the detailed response Minnieminx.
My post although not intended does sound anti-conservative. My view is the conservative government have taken previous Labour initiatives (academies) to a whole new level which has had a massive deprimental impact throughout the entire country. In areas where a lot of schools have converted to academies, it has left the Local Authority schools with less money, less services and more problems to come in the future.
I think exam standards is still a matter of debate. There has been so much contrary evidence as to whether exams have in fact become easier. What is certainly unfair is thousands of students every year who revise exceptionally hard, do well and then face the barrage of criticism that exams are too easy. GIVE THE KIDS A BREAK!!
I do partly agree with you regarding the NPQH abolishment - meaning acting heads have more freedoms BUT in the long run if we do not come up with high quality training for new head teachers then we may well see many people from business coming in and running schools. Head teachers should always be experts in the field of education wanting to do the best for their students.
Overall, in my opinion Michael Gove needs to think before he makes such bold remarks about the teaching profession. Imagine the wonders he and his department could do if they listened and acted on what the profession/experts think.
brighton56 In areas where a lot of schools have converted to academies, it has left the Local Authority schools with less money, less services and more problems to come in the future.
brighton56GIVE THE KIDS A BREAK!!
brighton56BUT in the long run if we do not come up with high quality training for new head teachers
brighton56 Imagine the wonders he and his department could do if they listened and acted on what the profession/experts think.
I shall be interested in what the new curriculum looks like - quite how 'white and middle class' it will be is anyone's guess...
I do wish the minister David Blunkett had taken my advice in 1997 when I wrote to him at the beginning of his career - give teachers some recognition for the wonderful work they do, and they will work harder for you (just like children do, fancy that!). Oh, and let's take the theory of the market place (how I hate that idea!!) out of education (and health for that matter) - it is, at heart, a cooperative enterprise, and, as anyone who has ever worked with children knows, not exactly predictable. There is no 'one size fits all' method. It's not a production line with those sort of measurable outcomes. Stop pitching us against each other with the test results and those results might just rise...
I'll stop now. Could go on at some length about my disappointment with education ministers (and governments!!)...!
I don't want to get too political either, but this blaming labour for the mess we're in really bugs me. The rest of the world is in a recession too. Is that labours fault? Or did all the world leaders over the last X years do something wrong, that the conservatives would have stayed away from as they knew it would cause recession (learnt their lesson from thatcher, perhaps?)
Anyway. I do agree with most of the OP.
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