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Where do your ideas come from #NickyMorgan ?

The thoughts of Nicky Morgan just get more and more bizarre. Where does she get her ideas from?

Today has she has shown that she has very little understanding of the problems faced by education, schools, teachers and pupils.

Her solutions on offer (below) just fail to recognise the problems faced by schools and teachers:

  • Primary pupils to face tests at seven
  • 90% of pupils to take core academic subjects at GCSE, the EBacc
  • To create a National Teaching Service (with parachute training according to one report I heard)

These proposals are aimed at tackling under achievement. They will add to the problems.

Commenting on today’s announcement from Nicky Morgan, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK,said:

“No-one is more committed to raising the standards of education than teachers and school leaders. They are the last people who are complacent about pupils’ attainment and achievement.

“However they are increasingly being distracted by the latest muddled thinking to emanate from Government ministers.”

Chris Keates went on, ” “The plans to use academy chains to drive up standards is nothing more than yet another strategy to seek to promote and impose the Government’s ideological academisation programme, despite the fact that there is no evidence that this raises standards.”

Recent figures show that pupils in Free Schools and Academies are more likely to be in a failing school than pupils in a Local Authority School.

The promised review and consultation seems set to sideline the views of those who actually teach the pupils. Teachers’ views must be at the heart of the consultation. By continually ignoring the views of teachers Nicky Morgan sends a clear message, “I do not value your opinions. I do not value your work. I do not value you.”

Commenting on the proposed National Teacher Service, Chris Keates said, “With regards to the proposed National Teacher Service, the Government already has one of these in the thousands of teachers who work every day in schools across the country.”

“Yet they are unfortunately neglected by a Government which pays no regard to ensuring they are recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals, and have pay and conditions to enable them to focus on teaching and learning. Instead, they are overworked, underpaid and undervalued.”

If Nicky Morgan really wants a National Teaching Service then she needs to listen to all teachers and their representatives, a concept she has great difficulty in grasping. The General Secretary of The NASUWT added, “The discreet National Teacher Service proposed today is not without merit, but is in fact nothing more than a rehash of a system which was in place under a previous government and which this Government abolished.”

Given that today’s announcement of a compulsory EBacc curriculum will further damage teacher recruitment across a range of subjects and highlight shortages in the “core curriculum”, Chris Keates added,  “The Government has been repeatedly warned by the NASUWT about the adverse impact of the EBacc on the breadth and balance of the national curriculum, today’s announcement to make it compulsory will exacerbate the already clear problems that far too many children and young people are being denied the opportunity to study a broad and balanced range of subjects, particularly creative subjects such as music, art and drama.”

It is a consequence of the Government’s “flawed policy of giving excessive freedom to academies and free schools, freedom which today’s announcement now seeks to curtail and is clearly an admission of yet another failed policy,” she added.

Nicky Morgan needs to understand that the key to raising standards is a highly motivated, valued, professional teaching service, not ideological policies which do exactly the opposite. Maybe she should adopt the policy of her colleague The Chancellor, and switch to “listening mode”.

 

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