• Two South African teachers are said to be setting up a support group for colleagues who have been traumatised by time spent teaching in England. "I am from one of South Africa's most violent communities. I believed if I could survive there London wouldn't be that bad. But it is much worse than you could ever imagine," said Mr Petersen
  • 5 year old pupil expelled PERmanently!? for punching a teacher
  • And the government should introduce "beacon" parents, the naming and shaming of bad parents, parent achievement awards, a system of fines for parents who failed to meet their targets and child benefit bonuses for those who performed well. Heads say this may go some way to reducing the growing body of parents who consider it acceptable to abuse school staff.
  • "In extreme cases, where the relationship between school and parents has broken down, because of outrageous behaviour by parents, heads should be given that right, as a protection for them and their staffs,"
  • Students have said how demoralised they feel that they are having to race through courses, with little time for wider studies, knowing they will not do themselves justice in the exams. Of course, A levels have always been stressful and hard work. But have we lost something important by turning the first year sixth into a mad exam scramble?
  • "MAFF does not tell farmers how to farm, the DTI does not tell industrialists how to make profits, the Department of Health does not tell surgeons how to operate or GPs how to treat, the Lord Chancellor does not tell lawyers how to practise. "Why the hell should the DfEE tell teachers how to teach?"....Focussing on pay and conditions, Mr Hart described the settlement for staff in Scotland as "ground breaking". The deal provides for a 35-hour working week from August 2001 and a maximum class contact of 22.5 hours. Mr Hart said the Scottish system was the envy of teachers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Only G-7 natoin to have to scour the "Third world" to find enough teachers
  • Heads predict recruitment disaster "For the third time this year we've put a block advert in the Times Educational Supplement and we've had no suitable replies - no-one even worth an interview..Society is effectively telling children that their education isn't important because we can't even put a teacher in front of their class," he said. It's crisis, it's desperation, wondering if you're going to have a teachers in front of the classroom.
  • Heads and teachers want slice of privatisation profit in schools.
  • Cash Bonuses $15,000 for Principals linked to pupils test scores Schools teach 'reading, writing, math, and 'doing what you are told'
  • Teachers unite over 35-hour week (good quotes re WORK hours etc)
  • Heads concerned by private finance. "it raises the prospect of contractors using school facilities for other profit-making businesses, such as using the kitchens for private catering or hiring out sports facilities"
  • Producing a compliant workforce for the world's most successful manufacturing economy is no longer considered enough. "There's no elite in this country at all, only average people.
  • Why I'm leaving by a primary school teacher
  • But the Secondary Heads Association says that the improvement in results reflects the improved funding well Duh!
  • Nearly half of headteachers are considering leaving the profession..Workload was their main reason, with stress in second place.
  • Stressed teacher is awareded 250K damages
  • Student loans are on the up. But those who want to beat debt are looking to off-beat alternatives, from seeking corporate sponsors to volunteering for medical experiments.
  • Classroom troubleshooter Nord Anglia, which runs some of Britain's most difficult schools, predicts a profits boom for private firms in the state education sector. Nord Anglia, announcing a doubling of profits, said it was poised for a takeover spree to consolidate its place in the "fragmented" UK education market.
  • "We should encourage the private schools to forgo the purpose of creating an exclusive class of rulers, for an opportunity to contribute to the overall social goal of equal opportunity."
  • Half of all further education colleges must be centres of excellence in a given vocational subject by 2004-5;"We must achieve a radical transformation...specialisation will sharpen the colleges' focus on meeting the skills needs of business."
  • School privitization non sequitor: poor performance by public officials means getting good public reps? No, "get a private firm" to run things..
  • Tweenagers' risk losing childhood"But they're facing so many consumer-led images of fashion and ideas, on television and in magazines, that push them towards conforming..."
  • Study: Smaller classes are better (BBC's "mixed" title does not fit the actual story)
  • Teachers say the government should admit it is planning to "kill off" local education authorities. (8/2/00) ********************************************************************** The government's controversial plans for performance-related pay for classroom teachers in England and Wales are delayed by a court ruling. "In Depth" group of reports. ********************************************************************** Call to privatise state schools The state school system should be fully privatised, according to a former adviser to ex-Tory prime minister John Major. In a pamphlet published by the right-wing think-tank, the Centre for Policy Studies, Sean Williams says schools are a type of "economic activity" and should be free to run themselves as small businesses. .. He claims that eventually, a radically reformed system along Thatcherite free market lines would erode the division between private and state schools. "With the right funding mechanisms, the whole education system of the country would once again be in the private sector." ********************************************************************** http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/education/newsid_849000/849251.stm Councils sell services to schools Schools and local authorities with weaknesses are increasingly being encouraged to seek advice from the private sector..The association, representing the interests of local authorities, says it wants to sell schools the expertise available within councils - under the title "Alliance for Improvement". Private companies are now running services in authorities such as the London Borough of Islington - and the local government organisation wants its members to take a share of this growing market. ********************************************************************** http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/education/newsid_822000/822486.stm re plans to make up for lack of govt increase in funding (and shortfall of funds) in higher ed in UK but "flexible' fees meaning higher prices and more "social esclusion" ********************************************************************** From barzilai@tetris.dreamhost.com Thu Jun 29 07:15:57 2000 Return-Path: Received: from addr8.addr.com (addr.com [209.249.147.215] (may be forged)) by addr12.addr.com (8.9.3/8.9.1) with ESMTP id HAA80113 for ; Thu, 29 Jun 2000 07:15:56 -0700 (PDT) (envelope-from barzilai@tetris.dreamhost.com) Received: from tetris.dreamhost.com (tetris.dreamhost.com [216.246.18.100]) by addr8.addr.com (8.9.3/8.9.1) with ESMTP id OAA74565 for ; Thu, 29 Jun 2000 14:12:18 -0700 (PDT) (envelope-from barzilai@tetris.dreamhost.com) Received: (from barzilai@localhost) by tetris.dreamhost.com (8.9.3/8.9.3/Debian/GNU) id OAA04711; Thu, 29 Jun 2000 14:14:51 -0700 Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2000 14:14:51 -0700 Message-Id: <200006292114.OAA04711@tetris.dreamhost.com> From: Harel Barzilai To: harel@addr.com Subject: BBC: burn-outn Reply-to: barzilai@barzilai.org Status: RO teachers http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/education/newsid_763000/763481.stm