Monday, 23 April 2012

Academies, a view from the inside ...

At the recent hustings for the GLA elections hosted by Barkingside 21 we heard several comments from the panel in favour of the Academy system - and none against. Here is a view from the other side of the fence - from one of the 'customers'.

Jamie is a 14 year old pupil at a Technical High School that has been converted to an Academy. His views on the change appeared in another blog recently and I'm indebted to Jamie for permission to publish them here.

... Since becoming an Academy (not state owned) about 20 teachers have left for pay reasons and just general treatment. Now we are dwindling with some teachers not knowing where the sun is, and some cover teachers that can't find our work.. Despite being literally in front of them!!

My Generation are the future (sadly)! If the goverment do not start funding employment and education rather than cutting the whole lot, there will be no future and the majority of the population will be a waste of space!

A lot of people want to work like (another member of the forum who is 4 times Jamie's age and is having stress problems at work after a period of long term illness) and try there hardest to! But companies put obstacles in the way and it just becomes not feasible not to mention the stress and health issues, it's just ridicolous when all you are doing is trying to make a living! After working for half your life, you then get to retire to sod all pension having payed out most of your salary to taxes.
And here is another, more recent comment:
So time is still going.. 3 Months until the tech block etc goes and not just that, but a teacher.. Who has 'Only' been there 13 years, has pretty much been told 'Your not needed anymore, bub!' But he said to me "Well, If people don't think kids these days need these skills physcially such as woodwork etc, then I will be rich as a 'Handyman"..

The remnants of it's past as a technical high are fading..

Thank GOD, Next year is my last!

That school's history will stop there after 58 years..

Perhaps it is time for the politicians to consult the real education experts? - those at the sharp end

No wonder we're in the s**t!

WHO IS THE ODD MAN OUT - and more importantly - WHY??
    Lord Stevenson: FORMER chairman, HBOS 
    Sir Fred Goodwin: FORMER chief executive, RBS 
    Andy Hornby: FORMER chief executive, HBOS 
    Sir Tom McKillop: FORMER chairman, RBS 
    John McFall MP: FORMER chairman of Treasury Select Committee 
    Alastair Darling: FORMER Chancellor of the Exchequer 
    Gordon Brown: FORMER Prime Minister and former Chancellor of the Exchequer 
    Sir Terry Wogan: FORMER presenter of Radio 2's Breakfast Show
    IF you're thinking Sir Terry Wogan, 
    THEN you're right.
    However, the reason may surprise you... 
    Terry Wogan is the only one out of this motley crew who actually holds ANY formal banking qualification. 
    Worrying, isn’t it!