Wednesday, 30 March 2016

unBritish Values

We hear a lot about British Values. I guess the opposite of British Values would be unBritish Values.Not sure what unBritish Values are? Well here are some examples.

unBritish Value - Non Democracy. Lord Nash bought his peerage, runs academies with no parent governors & is Academies Minister
unBritish Value - Not Rule of Law. Academy chains claim non profit making. BUT Huge CEO salaries, reserves of £2.5billion taken from British Taxpayers.
unBritish Value - Not Liberty. Schools join MATs and the parents & governing body lose all powers. Once in a MAT the school ceases to exist and cannot leave the MAT ever! The Secretary of State for Education can move the ex-school to any MAT of his/her choice.
unBritish Value - Not Tolerance. Academy Chains exclude less able students to boost results.
unBritish Value - Not Respect. The government plans to force ALL schools to become Academies by 2020 despite 80% of primary schools not wanting to be Academies.

Perhaps you know of more unBritish Values. Let us know.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

How Forced Academisation & Sell Off Was Always Gove's Plan

Michael Gove set up Policy Exchange with others in 2002. In 2009 Sam Freedman was Head of the Education Unit for Policy Exchange and he produced the report A Guide to School Choice Reforms.

Some of the current state of Academisation can be seen being planned in the summary of this report. It was always intended that Academisation would not be reversible; that Academies would have to join together; that commercial companies would start to take control; that power would be taken away from Local Authorities.

The next steps are to give control over Academies to private companies such as Serco, as Michael Gove states in this speech to Policy Exchange in 2010. Below is the full speech followed by a link to the point in the video where he explains how companies can own schools.

All of this has been in the public domain. However, the government did not inform the public of these plans. To keep the public in the dark they had to demonise teachers to discredit any opposition. Mr Gove and Policy Exchange never wanted the public to fully understand what was being planned. The intention all along was to get the system into such a mess that the plans were irreversible. Now we have the mess, and the public don't like it. If the public eventually realise that this mess was planned, Michael Gove and his Policy Exchange cronies might get their just rewards.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Nicky Morgan Inspires Teachers

Imagine you are responsible for an education service comprising 500,000 professional teachers that you want to encourage to greater heights. These people are at the chalk-face and without them your reforms are dead in the water. Unfortunately you have no experience of State Education yourself or of managing a large organisation. In fact you actively despise teachers. This is how you might do it.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan was invited to speak at the NASUWT's teaching conference where she told teachers that all schools will become academies - and that teachers should be more positive to stop young people being put off a career in teaching.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Newsnight Tells Nick Gibb That The DfE is a Catastrophe

BBC NewsNight Policy Editor Chris Cook tells Schools Minister Nick Gibb, the Department of Education is a 'catastrophe'. Nick Gibb appeared on BBC Newsnight on 17/3/2016 to explain why it is essential to force all of England's schools to become Academies. Watch here and try not to punch your computer screen.

Presenter James O'Brien begins the interview with Nick Gibb as follows:
The last Labour government introduced Academy Status for schools that were adjudged to need it.
The Coalition government extended Academy Status to schools that really wanted it.
Your government is now imposing it on schools that neither need it, nor want it.

Nick Gibb replied with his usual. Pick any from the following:
Outstanding, empower, successful, liberate, reform, hard working, brilliant head teachers.

Try not to throw up or hurt anyone nearby.