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  1. I do have all of these things as long as I serve a capitalist master who pays me less than I earn so to enrich himself. I am not a marxist. In fact I'm currently financially independent due to some poor young couple borrowing twice the amount I payed for a house in order to buy the house from me. What a flocked up system.
  2. Yesterday, my wife and I opened 5 bank accounts. Two cash ISAs with Nationwide @2.25%, 2 regular savers with Barclay's @3.25% and a regular saver with HSBC @4%. I already have a HSBC regular saver, so the new HSBC a/c was for my wife. We are currently living off our savings while unemployed, my wife quit her job in March. I am not technically unemployed, as I currently work for a teaching agency but it is as near as damnit to being unemployed. Despite this status of unemployment the nice lady at the world's local bank offered her a loan. I asked why they were offering to lend us money while un
  3. I wrote to my local (Conservative) MP to express my incredulity at Help-to-Buy and this sentence is quoted from his reply: "This will provide £3.5 billion of investment in England to help support up to 74,000 home buyers, as well as boosting the UK's construction sector."
  4. A couple of years ago my wife returned home from a job interview as horticultural manager for a newly opening garden centre, part of a garden centre group, a position in which she is very qualified and experienced. when she arrived home she was shellshocked. I asked how the interview went. It turned out that they (the HR team) asked her absolutely no questions at all related to the job, her experience and qualifications, all of her interview was along the lines of this psychometric BS, including "if you were a fruit, what fruit would you be and why?" She didn't get the job. She was glad that
  5. OFSTED is a big problem. Don't get me wrong, I believe that schools should be accountable and inspected, but OFSTED are the tail that wags the dog. Before OFSTED, HMI (Her Majesty's Inspectorate) inspected schools and teachers and then helped them to improve. My mentor as a newly qualified teacher was a HMI and he made a hell of a difference to me as a teacher in just a few months. Many heads are fixated on OFSTED. They are afraid for their jobs. They use statements from their OFSTED reports and hang them on banners at the school gates, OFSTED language appears all over teacher vacancy adverti
  6. You are not making any great revelation here. Sometimes we get the children to mark their own work but this approach does not lend itself to most work that children do. Marking a child's work isn't just a busywork task that has to be done, it is a medium through which I can assess. Ideally I'd like to mark a child's work with the child next to me every time so that we can talk about it. The opportunity for that is rare. In my experience, marking in lesson time is frowned upon; you are supposed to be teaching, not marking. I'm not saying I necessarily agree with this, it's just the way it is.
  7. Do you meet many people who literally can't read or write? What the data tends to show is that some children are average, some above and some below. Not everyone excels at school, even the chief inspector of OFSTED doesn't understand averages. He complained that 20% of primary school children don't achieve the national average in English. Gove thinks all schools should be at least "good" and that "good" means that pupil performance exceeds the national average. When children work hard and achieve, their achievements are taken away. My daughter (older now, doing GCSEs) works damn hard and get
  8. I used to work full time as a senior teacher in primary school. I don't anymore. Lesson planning is becoming more and more detailed and specific to individual children. I used to have to name individual children in my lesson plans and indicate how I would target them individually with individually tailored prompts and questions. I'd have to indicate how I was addressing the needs of individual children, by name, both in terms of their specific needs and needs identified from assessment of them in the previous lesson. I have rarely taught classes of less than 35 children. One teacher cannot pl
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