I'm amazed the media get taken in. I guess it's their professional obligation to report and analyse statements from the Government / Ministers no matter what they think is behind them.
sounds a good plan to me. I doubt the teacher union would be happy but with public support for teachers at a bit of a low, now could be the time to rock the boat.
Hmmm would it require massive costs - really?
Most schools are open until gone 6pm most days anyway - boilers are still firing which would be the single largest energy expenditure.
Teaching Staff Costs
Teaching Staff do not work 9-5 they work a set number of days a year. Drop the holidays down from 12 weeks to 6 and there's your extra teaching hours per day.
Support Staff Costs
Would in the grand scheme of teaching staff costs be minimal. Let's be honest your standard 1000 pupil comp would spend a good 85% of it's budget on staff and barely 20% of that would be on support staff. On average you can get (excluding management support) 2 or 3 support members of staff for one UPS teacher - let alone before you start adding TLRs in.
Is this is a good idea in my opinion? No.
Are there a major obstructions to to adoption? No - especially after Boris persuades Dave to toughen up the striking rules.
Has there ever been a more detested and interfering Secretary of State for Education - why do these silly people never learn the lesson history of education clearly provides - keep your election promises, stop tinkering and let the teachers teach with consistent standards and goals. Mind if they binned maternity leave and cover teaching that would sure help as well. It's hugely disruptive for students to suffer from poorly disciplined lessons given by supply teachers. My word for Michael Gove M.P.
An improved government:- rnment.
Talk of the devil...
This is why the DfE is in fantasy land right now, he looks like Harry Potter.
It was interesting to see the list (it took some finding) of how many Labour people run other departments and have done for years.
Teachers and Unions don't like Ofsted. But its run by a Labour woman. Now she's going, I imagine "DOES NOT COMPUTE" going through their heads and they're struggling to work out who to side with!
The main difference between private schools and non private is discipline and the kids are pushed much harder. 30-45 minutes of home work for each of the two subjects each night with three at the weekend.
The main differences between private and state schools are:
Class sizes- much easier to stay in contact with each student if there are only 15 in a class.
Committed and probably intelligent parents who care deeply about education (yes, I know many private schools offer scholarships but as a proportion of the intake that is only a few)
I never saw class sizes of 15, and both parents and teachers were told on induction day "There are a queue of parents wanting their kids here, mess about and you are gone" There was absolutely a massive difference in student behaviour in classes. Maybe it's the times, this was 20 years ago.