This week has been an interesting one. The Guardian has revealed the risk of a talent drain of the UK’s teachers predicated by the Government stealing our pensions, creating a monster that is out of control called OFSTED and people generally being mean to us. This Is leading to unprecedented levels of stress.
My dilemma is that I am hearing moans that have been rehearsed for years.
No teacher approves of SATs yet each year with relentless glee, teachers across the country launch into a year long assault on children’s happiness, in the name of the very thing they despise.
No teacher approves of the impact of OFSTED, until they are outstanding, and then it becomes a badge of honour for their schools.
Moaning gets us nowhere, it simply compounds the jaundiced view that society has of the profession. It is time to put up or shut up:
I have a challenge for you. Let’s have a bit less carping and a bit more “carpe diem”
One system of accountability to ensure every child in the UK receives an education allowing them to reach their potential and leave primary school at 11 with a proficiency in English and mathematics. It must ensure all secondary age children are pushed to develop a portfolio of qualifications valued in the workplace.
You must ensure every teacher in the UK is worthy of the responsibility bestowed upon them by society. Ensure very child is taught by a ‘good’ teacher.
It must ensure parents are able to make an informed decision about their choice of school.
Oh and try not to upset the workforce when you tell them the truth ;)
Answers below: ( in your own time)