Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Is Universal Free School Breakfast Policy Half-Baked?

One of the unforeseen consequences of offering free breakfasts to all primary school children is that a lot more children will be arriving at school much earlier.

Without substantial supervision this is going to have negative consequences on pupil behaviour,
which will impact on learning throughout the day.

I don't see employing one teaching assistant as a solution.

Did any of the studies into universal breakfasts look into this potential negative effect?

The policy could be saving money on food but then costing a huge amount in supervision costs.

As a policy it seems a bit half-baked.

Is Teach First a Parasite?

According to Schools Week, Teach First has an arrangement to funnel new teachers into accountancy firm PwC after 2 years working in schools.

This latest initiative from Teach First only confirms what many career teachers have felt for a long time. Rather than helping the education system, Teach First is a parasite.

It is a big commitment for practising teachers to train new entrants, but they do that with the assumption that it is helping a new person join the teaching profession. They do not expect their expertise to be used on a continuous conveyor belt of training young graduates to become accountants. Teachers feel that they are being sucked dry by governments, and now they can see that they have to contend with parasites on the inside too.

Of course PwC are going to welcome new employees who have had 2 years free management training at the expense of the state.

The sad part about this is that there are genuine people who want to come into teaching. They will be undermined by those who want to come in and play with poor people's children as a way of climbing the corporate business ladder.

If this approach was happening in the leafy suburbs or the private sector, there would be outrage.

If something is not done about this quickly, the parasite is going to kill the host.