Posts for the Week Ending 29th April 2016 on @LabourTeachers

You may have noticed that we have been struggling for posts recently. To be honest, the main cause seems to be how busy teachers at this time of year, and a lot of usually reliable contributors have given their apologies. Obviously, we are really keen to hear from anyone who can contribute.

However, I have decided that it is probably time to stop looking for 7 new posts a week, and settle for 6. On Saturdays, instead of a new post, we will publish a round-up of that week’s posts.

Fortunately, while being short of posts we haven’t been short on readers. Yesterday’s post (see below) has broken all records, having been viewed more than eleven and a half thousand times.

Anyway, here are last week’s posts:

Saturday

5 Tips for the DfE | @JulesDaulby

I’m not a wise old owl but I am old and have some experiences.  I’ve done lots of jobs and I’ve been a parent, I’ve moved around the UK and lived abroad a number of times.  That does not make me an expert, I realise that. Over the years however, there are a few things I’ve learned, so I think I can offer some tips to the DFE which might help them refocus…

Sunday

Criticise the government, not academies | Anonymous Headteacher

This is rushed…an SOS blog.

I’m sat in Hotel Russell waiting for a recruitment event tomorrow. Mine is a school that has historically attracted something as rare as ‘a field’.  And yet there is no recruitment crisis.  Last year I had to implement a severe round of cuts and redundancies. And yet I am told there is no cut in funding.  I am thinking about a curriculum narrowed by government policy and set to restrict choice.  And yet I am told the government values the arts…

Monday

How we got in a policy muddle | @RosMcM

The initial academy programme was an attempt to address disadvantage and failure where it had been endemic for generations. It was an example of “taking a preferential option for the poor” – something that many of us on the left could immediately sign up to. What’s not to like about spending more money on the disadvantaged and putting skilled and proven educational leaders in charge of schools?…

Tuesday

Why defending teachers who work in academies is not betraying the Labour Party | @oldandrewuk

You may recall that last week, when we ran out of posts – we are still a bit short of posts now, if you’d like to write for us –  I wrote a post called “Stop Demonising Academies” about some of the rhetoric being used in response to the government’s plans to force all schools to become academies. I started by making it clear that I don’t support those plans:…

Wednesday

In praise of academisation, but… | @kevbartle

Five years ago, the school of which I am now Headteacher, became an academy along with six other local secondary schools in what was not quite the first wave of Michael Gove’s converter academies. At the time I was a Deputy Head at the school and – as I remain now – very much of the left. Both my role and my politics led me to fight a determined and concerted fight for remaining a maintained school during a number of challenging, hard-fought SLT and Governor meetings. But convert we did, in spite of this rearguard action…

Thursday

The great tax swindle | @ashleypearce84

I viewed my (now online) payslip yesterday and was pretty annoyed. My pay had been cut. Well, to be more precise, my tax burden had risen which meant what I take home has fallen. I have to say I was pretty demotivated for the rest of the day. To most people the composition of tax they pay is not a concern to them. I don’t care which taxes I am paying but I do care how much tax I am paying overall. I should also put this into my personal view, I don’t actually mind paying more tax, I’m happy too if this is funding public services to help others…

Friday

Historical Truth | @johndavidblake

Historical truth is a funny thing – it lives in the whole, not in the parts. Any relatively knowledgeable reader of the above paragraph would spot instantly that it is a terrible perversion of the historical truth of events in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, yet no individual part of it is factually inaccurate…

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