Category Archives: Educational Issues

Things supply teachers don’t get

Paid sick leave CPD INSET training Maternity leave Paid to scale Pension contributions PPA time

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Letting the side down

I feel like a bit of a traitor, as for the last two school days I’ve accepted work as a cover supervisor at the same school. I hate it. I hate that I do exactly the same work as a … Continue reading

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Why finding a job was so difficult

Considering that languages are a ‘shortage subject’ and trainees are paid with this in mind, many people wonder why I struggled so much to find a job – here are a few examples (just from this weeks news) which illustrate … Continue reading

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Funding for university language departments cut.

Grr!

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No s**t Sherlock!

I don’t know what they think language teachers do to prepare pupils for oral exams, but I can’t really believe anyone thinks this is a surprise! To be honest, I’m not sure what else teachers can do. If they were … Continue reading

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Vietnamese in 3 months

While browsing around the education pages of the big papers I came across this article. The writer shares with me (and many others) a sense of dismay about the state of language teaching in Britain today. The decision to make … Continue reading

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It’s Snow Joke

Ok, ok, I know, terrible title. Tough – I have a twee sense of humour and it made me snigger. Anyway. I was reminded at the weekend that I’m due a rant, and that my most recent education related rant … Continue reading

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SATS scrapped

Well knock me down with a feather – Balls is starting to make some popular decisions! As a linguist, SATS at 14 were never going to affect me directly, but as far as I’m concerned any opportunity to free children … Continue reading

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Househunting :(

I spent the weekend in the North (which seemed especially grim due to the torrential rain). I was wet and miserable and tramping around scruffy rental properties (with much too high price tags on them) in a rough area of … Continue reading

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Schools and Sex

The state of sex education in our secondary schools has always been a controversial topic, but with the introduction of sexual health clinics attached to some schools in Britain the issue has become even more hotly disputed. Kids in Britain … Continue reading

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