General Chat Thread, Gove at it again in General; IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION FROM GMB UNION
As the Union for all School Support Staff, it is unfortunately with a ...
5th July 2013, 06:01 AM #1
Gove at it again
IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION FROM GMB UNION
As the Union for all School Support Staff, it is unfortunately with a great
deal of anger that we at GMB are contacting you today.
The Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced that he wants to see ALL
Teaching Assistants in schools lose their jobs.
Yes, ALL Teaching Assistants to go, because according to him, there is no
benefit to be gained from having what he considers to be a "mums army" in
5th July 2013, 08:23 AM #2
Thius has been in the news for a couple of weeks. GMB are exaggerating slightly, but the DfE's view is that Teachers should be doing their own chores and differentiation should cope with most learning need. Therefore, TAs are unnecessary in almost all cases.
The DfE needs to get real!
5th July 2013, 08:25 AM #3
My finger is not on the pulse. I catch up eventually
5th July 2013, 08:52 AM #4
Forgiven. I am a school governor... I try to keep up as Gove's fag packet planning has such a drastic impact
5th July 2013, 09:14 AM #5
Originally Posted by elsiegee40
5th July 2013, 09:22 AM #6
An Open Letter to Mr Gove about Teaching Assistants
(suffice to say, as with all Gove's ideas, this is daft and short-sighted)
5th July 2013, 09:51 AM #7
I don't understand why anybody thought he was in any way qualified to set policies for schools, the man has never worked in a school in his life! On top of all that, the school he attended for the vast majority of his childhood was an independant one, so he has literally no idea how state schools operate.
But then, would you expect anything less from this current crop of MPs?
5th July 2013, 10:27 AM #8
The man lives on another planet - he has no idea how schools operate, nor anything about the multitude of jobs that happen in a modern classroom...
...gives me an idea - what can you apply for on kickstarter?
Originally Posted by Sunnyknight
All I'm looking for is enough to hire @Sunnyknight to go and kick him square in the nuts (I was going to say the balls but that might get a bit confusing with Gove's predecessor).
5th July 2013, 10:36 AM #9
Out of interest, how many previous education ministers had worked in schools? Genuine question, as I have absolutely no idea.
Originally Posted by Sdrawkcab
5th July 2013, 10:45 AM #10
Estelle Morris - She became a minister in the Department for Education and Employment and was promoted to Secretary of State for Education and Skills in 2001. She was a comprehensive school teacher.
Thanks to broc from:
Gibson335 (5th July 2013)
5th July 2013, 10:47 AM #11
Apparantly about 6% (out of 616, that's 37 MP's) + same again for Lecturers:
That's just listed as ex-Teachers. I wonder it their are any ex-Network Managers (tmcd35 for PM )
Last edited by tmcd35; 5th July 2013 at 10:50 AM.
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5th July 2013, 10:49 AM #12
I think less than 1/5 have operated within a business or run one themselves. I do think this gap in knowledge is really important as to how the country runs and generates growth. I agree also about applying new laws/regulations to education - little or no experience is just asking for trouble.
In theory however even if the Government got its way, they'd be many legal challenges and protests. It could take 10 years to actually come into play. You'd think the country would have sorted out its finances by then.
5th July 2013, 10:52 AM #13
Looks as if rather more education ministers haven't worked in a school than have, then - and that it's much more likely to continue this way than change any time soon. I doubt education is alone in this.
5th July 2013, 11:07 AM #14
Originally Posted by korifugi
As i'm in need of some gear, £190,000.
5th July 2013, 12:35 PM #15
Mmm, and she wasn't much cop either, although she was popular with the unions.
Originally Posted by broc
AFAICT the problem is that the number of TAs has tripled since 2000. Instead of doing what they ought to be doing, which is offering assistance to children with SEN to enable them to integrate, they're now taking half or whole classes, and they're neither trained nor qualified for that.
Anyone who's in favour of quality teaching in schools should balk at the use of semi-skilled labour. The teachers themselves ought to balk at it because it's doing down their profession.
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