Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tristram Hunt on Newsnight

The honourable Tristram Hunt was humiliated on Newsnight by an irritating interviewer who kept reminding him how many of Gove's policies he agreed with. The only crumb of comfort for teachers was that he opposed the government's drive to get rid of qualified teachers in favour of cheaper less-qualified staff.

Just a thought but will the homophobic corporate lawyer Nicky Morgan insist on lessons on tax-dodging being included in the curriculum?

The Daily Mirror has a list of "9 things you should know about Nicky Morgan" which includes this chilling remark:
While she may have been brought in to rescue relations with teachers - whom Gove helpfully referred to as "the blob" - the change in tone shouldn't suggest a change in direction. She's publicly supported Gove's reforms in the past and is thought to be a "safe pair of hands" to carry them through.

These reforms include ditching qualified teachers and robbing schools of money to support the private free schools experiment.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gove Riddance

Teachers mourn the passing of Michael Gove!

Never has the departure of a Secretary of State for Education been greeted with such jubilation. For the moment teachers just rejoice at the news that the arrogant little Gove has gone.

And then reflect (perhaps tomorrow) that Chief Whip could be seen as a promotion in the sadomasochistic parlance of Westminster and we could still face the prospect of a Gove as Prime Minister some day in the future. And will Nicky Morgan pursue the failed policy of Free Schools, confrontation with the teachers over pay and pensions and the deprofessionalisation of teaching by the employment of unqualifed staff to teach our children?

The homophobic corporate lawyer Nicky Morgan, is regarded as a "safe pair of hands" by the Tories.

La lutte continue

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Picket line in Durrington

Just walking the dog this morning and look who I bumped into. Any more strike photos welcome.

Unison members standing up for public service against a political elite hell-bent on privatising everything. You can stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Cameron. You see we really are "all in it together" but not perhaps in the way you intended :)

A picket in Gateshead was on the radio this morning.
"You don't have a mandate for this strike." said the BBC
"Well the Conservatives don't have a mandate to govern either."
That shut them up.

Gove thinks the public are stupid. He rants and raves about the disruption caused by one day without a qualified teacher in the classroom. When we explain to parents that Gove plans to do away with qualified teachers altogether they realise that would be much more disruptive. The Gove believes (contrary to everybody else of course) that any Tom, Dick or Harriet can teach,

And there is no point quoting evidence to him because he sticks his fingers in his ears (as he did on Question Time) and goes "yadda yadda yadda!"

And we thought Keith Joseph was barking!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Telegraph poll on strike

The Daily Telegraph is a disgusting Tory rag. They are polling people to demonstrate that the decent honest British public are opposed to the Teachers and support the Gove and all his works.

The poll is here

Interestingly, those supporting the strike are way ahead. As I write this, local Conservative Associations will have instructions to reverse that trend.


Monday, July 07, 2014

Strike on Thursday

If, like me, you cannot strike on Thursday, you can still do something.

Join West Sussex Teachers' Association on Facebook

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Donate to the strike fund
People will lose a day's pay by going on strike. It is estimated that you would have to be on strike for three years to lose the sort of money the government proposes to rob from your pension in terms of increased contributions, higher retirement age and reduced pension payments.

If people are suffering hardship due to special circumstances, the union proposes to set up a hardship fund.

To give money to the fund contact the treasurer as soon as possible.
To claim money from the fund contact the treasurer.

The treasurer's address is
17 The Crescent
West Sussex
RH12 1NA

Cheques should be made payable to "West Sussex Teachers' Association Hardship Fund"

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Education inequality

 Research by the Social Market foundation has found that a pupil from a private school will have earned on average up to £200,000 by middle age.

However, the social market foundation does not suggest abolishing or even taxing these bastions of privilege.

On the contrary, they want an assisted places scheme where state money is handed over to private institutions to encourage them to take in a few token plebs.

Christine Blower drily commented in the"i" newpaper, "Social mobility will not be addressed by sending a few students from poorer backgrounds to independent schools."

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