Sunday, Sep 20, 2009

Money to prop up banks and pay bonuses to come from school budgets.

Sky News: Teacher Unions' Fury At School Spending Cuts

Ed Balls is the first cabinet minister to set out how the cuts - which the Prime Minister has now publicly conceded are needed - would affect services.
Up to 3,000 senior school staff could be axed, including heads and deputies.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), told Sky News "the idea you can get rid of heads of primary schools, and the idea that heads and deputy heads can be categorised as bureaucrats - I'm afraid that's just nonsense."

Posted by devo @ 11:09 PM (924 views)
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1. mytimeisnigh said...

Well, my friends who teach, who have many years of experience and are heads of year of subjects etc, say that some of the deputy heads do nothing worth while and still earn £60,000.

Sunday, September 20, 2009 11:25PM Report Comment
 

2. devo said...

"some of the deputy heads do nothing worth while and still earn £60,000"

That can't be right.

Sunday, September 20, 2009 11:32PM Report Comment
 

3. uncle tom said...

When Nu Labour was throwing money at schools, but with very little idea as to what that money would achieve; did we hear the NUT calling for better direction of resources?

No.

Are the NUT concerned that many older teachers are being allowed to take early retirement on spurious health gorunds, leaving children short of experianced staff to teach them?

No.

Do we ever hear the NUT putting the best interests of children ahead of (or even on a level) with the interests of teachers?

No.

Is there any reason why the taxpayer should see the NUT as a beacon of virtue?

No.

Should we give a monkeys about the concerns of the NUT?

Mostly not...

Sunday, September 20, 2009 11:53PM Report Comment
 

4. devo said...

Wow uncle tom, I didn't know you had it in you!

Now try turning that anger against a more worthy adversary.

Sunday, September 20, 2009 11:56PM Report Comment
 

5. bystander said...

"some of the deputy heads do nothing worth while and still earn £60,000."@LP
....you could substitute deputy heads (no doubt with years of previous experience) for first year lawyers, first year bankers, who wil be straight out of college and be getting that doubled with bonuses at the end of the year, or twice through the year. Why does everyone think it is unacceptable for teachers to get a sustainable compensation package. IMHO it is because teaching has been traditionally linked with female staff, and as we all know women shouldn't get paid as highly as men?????????????????????????????????? Good teachers, not necessarily those who get the highest results on the league table, but those who enable students to enter the workplace with confidence and enthusiasm to do whats best for themselves and society on the whole, deserve more than any banker, lawyer or politician.

Monday, September 21, 2009 06:35AM Report Comment
 

6. bystander said...

in addition 'some' could be replaced with 'most', especially in the case of bankers.

Monday, September 21, 2009 06:36AM Report Comment
 

7. Jackpot06 said...

Its true about Deputy Heads they wander about doing nothing then return to their offices to do nothing,they are the tier that are quangoised and their jobs seem more about ideology than education .

Monday, September 21, 2009 07:57AM Report Comment
 

8. sovietuk said...

Spot on Uncle Tom. How does the saying go ? Those that can do those that cant' ..........

Monday, September 21, 2009 08:17AM Report Comment
 

9. mytimeisnigh said...

My friend says, it's actually a male deputy head who has the worst reputation for doing nothing at her school and school results are what matters. I think there's room throughout the public sector to comfortably remove dead wood, with no negative impact on services. As for bankers, @ 6, yes they do earn far too much.

Monday, September 21, 2009 08:24AM Report Comment
 

10. bystander said...

Sovietuk - you obviously have never tried to get the message through to a class of 38 teenagers. Teaching is always knocked as being for those who underachieved in the 'real economy', well to set that straight, if it wasn't for successful education/ educators there wouldn't be a real economy, and I am not just talking about the so called core subjects either.

Monday, September 21, 2009 08:28AM Report Comment
 

11. bystander said...

Sorry mytimeisnigh, I quoted LP @6 when it should have been you, apologies.

Monday, September 21, 2009 08:31AM Report Comment
 

12. letthemfall said...

Does uncle tom really have an insight into teaching and the NUT?

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bystander: Absolutely. Those that can do all sorts of things, including teach: those that can't trot out silly aphorisms from an opinionated playwright who didn't know what he was talking about.

Monday, September 21, 2009 09:53AM Report Comment
 

13. shipbuilder said...

What sort of society looks down upon and takes every opportunity to denigrate the teachers and, increasingly, the doctors that teach our children and look after our health?
It's laughable that no-one seems to see the connection between this and 'the state the country is in'.

Monday, September 21, 2009 04:33PM Report Comment
 

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