Councillor lambasts Tory policy

Mark Dempsey

Mark Dempsey

First published in News

THE resignation of Isambard Community School headteacher Rachael Mattey has been desribed as a huge blow for local children by Mark Dempsey, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for North Swindon.

Mrs Mattey, who took over at the Redhouse school eight years ago, took a swipe at the coalition Government’s education reforms, spearheaded by Michael Gove MP, as she announced her retirement.

Responding to her claims they would send the school system ‘back to the 1970s’, North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson hit back claiming the changes were greatly needed.

Coun Dempsey said: “For a respected head teacher to leave one of our key schools is a sad indictment of the Tories’ education policies and is clear evidence that the Tories under David Cameron and Michael Gove are harming school standards.

“As Rachael Mattey has said, the Tories are taking us back to the 1970s.

“This includes an unprecedented school places crisis, increasing numbers of unqualified teachers and a curriculum that looks to the past rather than preparing our children for the future.”

Mrs Mattey will continue to run the day-to-day operations of the school until the summer break while the senior leadership team will be responsible for strategic direction.

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4:12pm Wed 11 Jun 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

From most of what I've seen and heard most of the local children are quite glad she's going and are looking forward to a new headteacher with new ideas to move the school forwards.
From most of what I've seen and heard most of the local children are quite glad she's going and are looking forward to a new headteacher with new ideas to move the school forwards. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 12

6:00pm Wed 11 Jun 14

express_a_view says...

There is an increasing problem with teacher and school leader recruitment. Morale is low with two in five new entrants to teaching leaving in their first five years. Meanwhile head teacher recruitment is getting ever harder. Something is clearly wrong. Some will come here with trite comments such as "if they don't like it they should get out" - the trouble with that is schools need teachers and many of those getting out are the good practitioners who have found they can use their skills in other sectors. Nor is there a rush of people to replace them. One school advertised for a teacher post - two years ago they had 80 applicants for a similar post - this year 2 with only 1 of whom was appointable This pattern is recurring in many schools.. People may not like Rachel Matey, they might not want to hear her message but many of those working in schools, or with teachers for partners, know there is a legitimacy in many of the points she makes.
There is an increasing problem with teacher and school leader recruitment. Morale is low with two in five new entrants to teaching leaving in their first five years. Meanwhile head teacher recruitment is getting ever harder. Something is clearly wrong. Some will come here with trite comments such as "if they don't like it they should get out" - the trouble with that is schools need teachers and many of those getting out are the good practitioners who have found they can use their skills in other sectors. Nor is there a rush of people to replace them. One school advertised for a teacher post - two years ago they had 80 applicants for a similar post - this year 2 with only 1 of whom was appointable This pattern is recurring in many schools.. People may not like Rachel Matey, they might not want to hear her message but many of those working in schools, or with teachers for partners, know there is a legitimacy in many of the points she makes. express_a_view
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7:08pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

express_a_view wrote:
There is an increasing problem with teacher and school leader recruitment. Morale is low with two in five new entrants to teaching leaving in their first five years. Meanwhile head teacher recruitment is getting ever harder. Something is clearly wrong. Some will come here with trite comments such as "if they don't like it they should get out" - the trouble with that is schools need teachers and many of those getting out are the good practitioners who have found they can use their skills in other sectors. Nor is there a rush of people to replace them. One school advertised for a teacher post - two years ago they had 80 applicants for a similar post - this year 2 with only 1 of whom was appointable This pattern is recurring in many schools.. People may not like Rachel Matey, they might not want to hear her message but many of those working in schools, or with teachers for partners, know there is a legitimacy in many of the points she makes.
Why would anyone (other than the Tory troll) vote thumbs down on this non-poltical, informative comment
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[quote][p][bold]express_a_view[/bold] wrote: There is an increasing problem with teacher and school leader recruitment. Morale is low with two in five new entrants to teaching leaving in their first five years. Meanwhile head teacher recruitment is getting ever harder. Something is clearly wrong. Some will come here with trite comments such as "if they don't like it they should get out" - the trouble with that is schools need teachers and many of those getting out are the good practitioners who have found they can use their skills in other sectors. Nor is there a rush of people to replace them. One school advertised for a teacher post - two years ago they had 80 applicants for a similar post - this year 2 with only 1 of whom was appointable This pattern is recurring in many schools.. People may not like Rachel Matey, they might not want to hear her message but many of those working in schools, or with teachers for partners, know there is a legitimacy in many of the points she makes.[/p][/quote]Why would anyone (other than the Tory troll) vote thumbs down on this non-poltical, informative comment 🕗👽 Ollie Dognacky
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8:20am Thu 12 Jun 14

ChannelX says...

And, yet, more children than ever are gaining more qualifications that ever, at higher grades, and are going to university in higher numbers also.

Rather than 'taking us back to the 1970s', the current government is addressing the problems left behind after the disastrous 13 year period of Labour government, where education was essentially allowed to become a standing joke.

It's no wonder lefties such as the head teacher concerned don't like things being done properly. Hopefully her replacement will demonstrate a more healthy and successful approach to the children, and parents, they are paid to serve.
And, yet, more children than ever are gaining more qualifications that ever, at higher grades, and are going to university in higher numbers also. Rather than 'taking us back to the 1970s', the current government is addressing the problems left behind after the disastrous 13 year period of Labour government, where education was essentially allowed to become a standing joke. It's no wonder lefties such as the head teacher concerned don't like things being done properly. Hopefully her replacement will demonstrate a more healthy and successful approach to the children, and parents, they are paid to serve. ChannelX
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8:21am Thu 12 Jun 14

ChannelX says...

Ollie Dognacky wrote:
express_a_view wrote:
There is an increasing problem with teacher and school leader recruitment. Morale is low with two in five new entrants to teaching leaving in their first five years. Meanwhile head teacher recruitment is getting ever harder. Something is clearly wrong. Some will come here with trite comments such as "if they don't like it they should get out" - the trouble with that is schools need teachers and many of those getting out are the good practitioners who have found they can use their skills in other sectors. Nor is there a rush of people to replace them. One school advertised for a teacher post - two years ago they had 80 applicants for a similar post - this year 2 with only 1 of whom was appointable This pattern is recurring in many schools.. People may not like Rachel Matey, they might not want to hear her message but many of those working in schools, or with teachers for partners, know there is a legitimacy in many of the points she makes.
Why would anyone (other than the Tory troll) vote thumbs down on this non-poltical, informative comment
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Because they don't agree with the left-wing sentiment?

'Non-political' - brilliant. You just get more hilarious, I Too.
[quote][p][bold]Ollie Dognacky[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]express_a_view[/bold] wrote: There is an increasing problem with teacher and school leader recruitment. Morale is low with two in five new entrants to teaching leaving in their first five years. Meanwhile head teacher recruitment is getting ever harder. Something is clearly wrong. Some will come here with trite comments such as "if they don't like it they should get out" - the trouble with that is schools need teachers and many of those getting out are the good practitioners who have found they can use their skills in other sectors. Nor is there a rush of people to replace them. One school advertised for a teacher post - two years ago they had 80 applicants for a similar post - this year 2 with only 1 of whom was appointable This pattern is recurring in many schools.. People may not like Rachel Matey, they might not want to hear her message but many of those working in schools, or with teachers for partners, know there is a legitimacy in many of the points she makes.[/p][/quote]Why would anyone (other than the Tory troll) vote thumbs down on this non-poltical, informative comment 🕗👽[/p][/quote]Because they don't agree with the left-wing sentiment? 'Non-political' - brilliant. You just get more hilarious, I Too. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

2:10pm Thu 12 Jun 14

express_a_view says...

Ollie Dognacky wrote:
express_a_view wrote:
There is an increasing problem with teacher and school leader recruitment. Morale is low with two in five new entrants to teaching leaving in their first five years. Meanwhile head teacher recruitment is getting ever harder. Something is clearly wrong. Some will come here with trite comments such as "if they don't like it they should get out" - the trouble with that is schools need teachers and many of those getting out are the good practitioners who have found they can use their skills in other sectors. Nor is there a rush of people to replace them. One school advertised for a teacher post - two years ago they had 80 applicants for a similar post - this year 2 with only 1 of whom was appointable This pattern is recurring in many schools.. People may not like Rachel Matey, they might not want to hear her message but many of those working in schools, or with teachers for partners, know there is a legitimacy in many of the points she makes.
Why would anyone (other than the Tory troll) vote thumbs down on this non-poltical, informative comment
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I am afraid the thumbs up or down tend to have no relevance at all. I am convinced there are certain people who manipulate them ad infinitum.

In terms of criticism from Channel X - it is a badge of honour. It is though interesting that even just relaying facts about a problem can be deemed to be left wing sentiment. I really do think he has a very bad case of "reds under the beds."
[quote][p][bold]Ollie Dognacky[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]express_a_view[/bold] wrote: There is an increasing problem with teacher and school leader recruitment. Morale is low with two in five new entrants to teaching leaving in their first five years. Meanwhile head teacher recruitment is getting ever harder. Something is clearly wrong. Some will come here with trite comments such as "if they don't like it they should get out" - the trouble with that is schools need teachers and many of those getting out are the good practitioners who have found they can use their skills in other sectors. Nor is there a rush of people to replace them. One school advertised for a teacher post - two years ago they had 80 applicants for a similar post - this year 2 with only 1 of whom was appointable This pattern is recurring in many schools.. People may not like Rachel Matey, they might not want to hear her message but many of those working in schools, or with teachers for partners, know there is a legitimacy in many of the points she makes.[/p][/quote]Why would anyone (other than the Tory troll) vote thumbs down on this non-poltical, informative comment 🕗👽[/p][/quote]I am afraid the thumbs up or down tend to have no relevance at all. I am convinced there are certain people who manipulate them ad infinitum. In terms of criticism from Channel X - it is a badge of honour. It is though interesting that even just relaying facts about a problem can be deemed to be left wing sentiment. I really do think he has a very bad case of "reds under the beds." express_a_view
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3:14pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Yes, I think you are correct.
ChannelX appears to either be obsessed or just a total loon 👀
Yes, I think you are correct. ChannelX appears to either be obsessed or just a total loon 👀 Ollie Dognacky
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