Gove doesn’t want to inflict himself on children… teachers yes, but pupils no.

Gove doesn’t want to inflict himself on children… teachers yes, but pupils no.

Apparently Gove believes that only qualified professionals should teach…well that’s the first I’ve heard of it. I thought anybody could teach – in fact I’m fairly sure if you scroll down this blog you’ll find an article called anyone can teach. Also claims he has a greater understanding of teachin from talkin to professionals than he would if he tried the job and that he RESPECTS the teaching profession…. and if that’s not a lie then I dont know what is. Or maybe he respects the profession and just not those of us who follow it. Anyway… 


17th October teacher strike: An open letter to parents

I completely agree with this man’s word – so I am going to spread them as far as I can.

Equus altus

Dear Parents

I’ve taken some time out to write this open letter to you because I believe it’s important to let you know why I am striking with my fellow teachers on Thursday 17th October.

Firstly, let me apologise for the inevitable inconvenience this action will cause many of you. Teachers do recognise – partly because many of them are parents themselves – that having to find childcare for the day or take a day off work to look after your children is a burden. That’s why taking strike action is always a very last resort. Believe me, none of us are particularly keen on losing a day’s pay either.

Many of you will have read in the press or heard on the news that teachers are taking strike action over changes to their pay and pensions. Often, this is shrouded in an air of disapproval, almost as if…

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Sick of the Bullshit

I’m so fed up with all the bullshit being lobbed at the teaching profession at the moment – and the way it’s affecting the quality of life of some great friends who have given a lot of time to help other peoples children, above and beyond what they are paid for. The disparity between the a supposedly ‘fair’ workload and what we are actually expected to do is a joke and if anyone questions it we’re accused of being unprofessional. We’re treated like we don’t give a damn about the kids in front of us and that we haven’t trained for our jobs or worked hard to gain experience. We’re judged professionally on 20-30 minutes of outside observation by someone who probably couldn’t do half of the job we’re doing and doesn’t know the kids or any of the background. I’ve seen/heard inspectors comment on things that didn’t happen in the lessons they have observed – which HAD ALREADY HAPPENED BEFORE THEY CAME IN – only to say that they have to comment on ‘what they see’.  Well, why the fuck don’t we  all wait for them to show up and teach the whole lesson in half the time – which is what they seem to want us to do. Are their any other professions where there is such a snap judgement made?

It makes me so cross that regardless of what we do, we get shat upon and NONE of the reforms have raised standards, and all the ‘scrutiny’ that is supposed to ensure ‘excellence’ just causes hurt and stress and DOESN’T make better teachers.  All it does is demoralise dedicated professionals who are trying their best – because unlike the ministers and bureaucrats who think they know what they’re talking about, they actually care about and understand children and teenagers.  You can come out  with all sorts of bullshit about that not being the case for all teachers, but honestly in the course of my careers I’ve met only 2 or 3 teachers who genuinely didn’t give a shit about the kids and I doubt any of them are still teaching. This profession is hard enough if you love it, it’s hard enough to get right without the pressures of tickbox teaching and arbitrary target setting and league tables and twats like Gove.

That’s why I’m going on strike.

The Guilts

It’s Sunday evening and I’m having and attack of the guilts. I’ve done virtually no work this weekend – virtually not actually. Virtually no work comprises an hour this morning and 2 hours on Friday evening. I seem to feel like this every time I take a weekend completely off. I seem to have convinced myself that unless I work all day – I often get to work at 7.30, and leave between 4 and 4.30, sometimes without a break – and then at least 6 hours over the weekend, and a couple of evenings for good measure then I can’t possibly be doing my job properly. My lessons are planned, my marking is done, my data is entered – what else should I be doing? 

Does anybody else suffer from the guilts? or do you have an impossible work load you can’t find the end of? 

Have the ministers met any teenagers?

Have the ministers met any teenagers?

Not only is this patronising ‘brighter students from poorer backgrounds’ but it’s also massively out of touch – because every kid from inner city Brum dreams of being sent a letter by some t*sser in a suit who they’ve never heard of, who couldn’t pick them out of a line up… yeah that’s an incentive.