Thicky Nicky: ‘Elite teachers’ plan should be for the disaster that is ‘Free Schools’

 Thicky Nicky wants to send ‘elite’ teachers to schools in coastal areas? Maybe they do need help but This Writer would have thought a far better use of them would be in the failing ‘Free Schools’ that were created as previous education secretary Michael Gove’s vanity project.

And what’s this about the “next phase” of an “education reform programme”?

Let’s have some honesty: They’re making it up as they go.


The government is planning to send 1,500 elite teachers into under-performing schools as part of measures to tackle pockets of failure in education.

As an incentive for committing to a two-year secondment, teachers will be offered a higher salary, relocation costs and future leadership roles. They will be sent to schools in coastal areas and elsewhere which struggle to recruit and retain staff.

Details of the new National Teaching Service (NTS) will be revealed by the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, in a speech on Tuesday to announce the next phase of the government’s education reform programme.

Source: Plans to recruit 1,500 elite teachers to send into under-performing schools | Education | The Guardian

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2 thoughts on “Thicky Nicky: ‘Elite teachers’ plan should be for the disaster that is ‘Free Schools’

  1. David Bacon

    Education is a total bloody mess. What’s needed is a properly joined up system rather than the fragmented chaos of today. And to think that ‘Thicky’ Nicky is an Oxbridge graduate as is her gormless predecessor, the Gove Cove. The comprehensive system was the fairest and most egalitarian system yet and although imperfect, as any education system is likely to be, it worked. It needed to be kept up to date in its structure and purpose – most governments, particularly the tories just messed with it, alienated the teachers and fed juicy morsels to the right wing media. Step forward the half-witted Kenneth Baker and the nutty professor himself, Sir Keith Joseph.

    Pupils who might have attended grammar schools were well catered for in the best comps and those who might have gone to secondary mods had the opportunity to get into the higher examination streams where appropriate.

    But what we have now are half-baked schemes with a few disrrepected comps left, academies – a posh name for a system that often fails and free schools which aren’t free. The latter seem to be in the hands of parents who know little about teaching or the philosphy of education, but fix their limited vision on examination results as the be all and end all of years of schooling. Er, the free schools aren’t free: ratepayers pay for them, but in this increasingly Orwellian world, have no say in how they are run.

    Let’s have a unified state system administered by people who know and care about education as it was under Sir Alec Clegg in the old West Riding of Yorkshire many years ago. I think the tories basically hate education for ordinary people who can’t afford the bigger public schools.

    1. Daniel

      If there was a “like” button on Mike’s blog, I’d have clicked it multiple times for this post! As a former teacher (left the profession due to the stress imposed by the Gov and a clueless SLT keen to promote every barmy initiative suggested by the DofEd) I’d love to go back, since I found the classroom experiences and students to be the only highlight of the job, but won’t consider it under the current lot! Tests for 7 year-olds were scrapped in 2004 due to extensive evidence that it was counter productive, yet we’re being told they need to come back to “raise standards”! Ideology before evidence, as usual.

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