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Tim Worrall

Since it was directed at me, I'm sure I'm the only person who enjoyed the irony of a post criticising my spelling and grammar with a spelling mistake in it.

Cardinal Pirelli

"Since it was directed at me, I'm sure I'm the only person who enjoyed the irony of a post criticising my spelling and grammar with a spelling mistake in it."

It made me laugh anyway!

Regarding the policies being passed, I think we're getting the 'cake for breakfast/lunch/dinner and supper effect'. A raft of ideas that people desire but which are totally unbalanced and incompatible with healthy living/policy!

Thomas Hobbes

Tim, I laughed too. Not least because your English so much better than Alex Morton's. Now his English teacher should give back some of his/her salary.

Cardinal Pirelli - I fear that these policies and some of the posts on this site will be trotted out by our enemies and portrayed as real policies in the election.

Richard

"A raft of ideas that people desire but which are totally unbalanced and incompatible with healthy living/policy!"

In your opinion.

Cardinal Pirelli

Richard -

It is undeniable that something like this ends up with many ideas that are incompatible. People vote in differing numbers and don't have to face the consequences of how different ideas contradict.

This week the educational ideas have been conflicting and no sane government would try and put all the agreed proposals into action. One or two might be compatible but no more.

You can't have everything you want, realism enters the equation sometimes (or at least it does for most people).

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Thomas Hobbes - there is a grammatical error in your last post... good to see more serious points being made by you against this proposal.

I should have guessed that someone writing under the name 'Thomas Hobbes', a philosopher whose main political concept was an all powerful 'Leviathon' state isn't going to be very keen on giving more power to the users of public services!

I think that we should be in favour of reforms like this because we need a real alternative to the government. I accept it is a big change, and it needs refining, but one thing which you could do is have some LEA's go ahead with it and see what the results are. If the problems people state are insoluble then scrap the scheme. But the system needs reform, not just more money (regardless of whether or not more money would also be useful.)

Richard

Cardinal Pirelli,

My apologies, it seems I misunderstood what you meant. If you mean that the various policies being passed are contradictory then I agree with you. I initially thought you meant that certain policies you disagreed with were "unbalanced" (as in insane).

Cardinal Pirelli

Not to worry, I thought I was being clear but maybe not!

What would be a useful exercise is, when all has been voted on, if someone can come up with costings and we could then refine the list with reference to what was possible. Interested to see what people would be prepared to drop or fight to keep.

David-James Sadler

It is an interesting concept, whether or not it could practically be done is a whole other issue.

My view on education is we need to bring teaching back to the basics and start to give people a solid education again. It has become more about passing exams then it has giving people the fundamentals for life. Education should be the most important priority of any government, and clearly the Labour party have failed this country on education. I believe it has let down our poorest more than anyone else. Education, education, education my foot! I can say that having suffered it and have had to re-educate myself since.

http://davidjamessadler.com/forum/index.php?topic=7.0

Ian

I have no problem with making heads more accountable but a few things need to happen first.

1. It should be made much easier for Head Teachers to get rid of underperforming teachers. It is currently very hard to do and many schools that are not performing well have several poor teachers who are difficult to get rid of due to union backing.
2. Scrap all SAT testing in primary schools and remove the ridiculous foundation stage profiles. Let children be children.
3. Recognise that some children can be very talented and have the potential to be successful without being able to pass exams and allow school, particulalry secondary schools to develop these talents and celebrate them.

If we are going to allow parents to make judgements about head teachers then can we please allow this to work both ways. Schools often have to battle against parents who are inadequate and time and time again very little is done. But I don't suppose you can sack a parent?

Ian

ian

I have no problem with making heads more accountable but a few things need to happen first.

1. It should be made much easier for Head Teachers to get rid of under performing teachers. It is currently very hard to do and many schools that are not performing well have several poor teachers who are difficult to get rid of due to union backing.
2. Scrap all SAT testing in primary schools and remove the ridiculous foundation stage profiles. Let children be children.
3. Recognise that some children can be very talented and have the potential to be successful without being able to pass exams.

If we are going to allow parents to make judgements about head teachers then can we please allow this to work both ways. Schools often have to battle against parents who are inadequate and time and time again very little is done. But I don't suppose you can sack a parent?

Ian

ian

I have no problem with making heads more accountable but a few things need to happen first.

1. It should be made much easier for Head Teachers to get rid of under performing teachers. It is currently very hard to do and many schools that are not performing well have several poor teachers who are difficult to get rid of due to union backing.
2. Scrap all SAT testing in primary schools and remove the ridiculous foundation stage profiles. Let children be children.
3. Recognise that some children can be very talented and have the potential to be successful without being able to pass exams.

If we are going to allow parents to make judgements about head teachers then can we please allow this to work both ways. Schools often have to battle against parents who are inadequate and time and time again very little is done. But I don't suppose you can sack a parent?

Ian

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