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Speed Up Sacking of Poor Teachers? – About Damn Time!

Posted in Britain, Children, David Cameron, England, English Schools, Teens, UK with tags , , , , , , on 14/01/2012 by floroy1942

The fiasco of poor teaching standards has blighted the education system in Great Britain for far too long, and destroyed the chances of many of our current youth to get a decent job. It is no secret that for years our children have been leaving school semi-literate with a total lack of prospects for a decent job and a good life.

Michael Gove - Secretary of State for Education

Long gone are the days when a child left school with a solid education behind them, and moved into the adult world with good  potential in the job market and the likelihood of advancement in their chosen profession. Thanks to meddling by the previous Labour government in the education system, the children leave school today barely able to write their own name and with spelling and reading capabilities of a four-year-old. The whole sordid system is a national disgrace of massive proportions. Now, thankfully, the Conservative Education Minister Michael Gove has taken further steps to improve the situation.

Finally we have an Education Ministry that wishes to swing the pendulum back the other way and improve not only performance, but also make it easier for schools to get rid of under-performing teachers. Plans are also in the mix to prevent a teacher sacked from  one school for incompetence moving on to another.

Give Them A Future

As you would expect, two of the teachers unions are up in arms at the proposals calling the move as “unnecessary and draconian”, with one leader calling it a “potential bully’s charter”. Unneccessary?  Unneccessary? Do these people live on the same planet as the rest of us?

I suppose they think the fact that most of today’s kids are leaving school dumber than when they went in has nothing whatsoever to do with them, well, how could a teacher possibly be thought responsible for poor standards of education???? If they think that, then the problem is far worse than anyone realised!!!

Sounds About Right

As you can imagine, Christine Blower, who heads the National Union of Teachers (NUT) had much to say. She said: “The changes to the appraisal and capability policies will rightly be seen by teachers as an attack on their professionalism and will anger and depress them in equal measure.” adding: “What the Government proposes is potentially a bully’s charter. The union believes that many well-functioning schools, where development and professionalism is prized, will not adopt Mr Gove’s model.” On the other side of the argument Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said the proposals were in the “best interests” of the profession.

Confused? - You Have Every Right To Be!

There are many very good teachers in the education system in Britain who know their subject inside out, and the exam results for their students reflect this. Many have been covering for the incompetent ones for a long time. Its time they didn’t need to do that anymore.

A public poll carried out by Boulten & Co. showed a massive 83% for and just 17% against making the sacking of teachers easier. At the moment it is a long and tedious process to get rid of a bad teacher and it is this process that Mr. Gove is wanting to simplify so head teachers can ween out the dullards.


He has already made some initial moves to improve the standards of teacher education and to raise the level of teacher qualification exams which should help improve the competence and knowledge levels of new teachers entering the profession. It will take time for all this to filter through to the classroom, but its nice to know we are at last on the right track.



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