Over the weekend, our online petition made it past the 1000 mark. This is in addition to the many written petitions circulating that (genuinely) we have no idea how many people have signed (our best estimate being in the low thousands). Please encourage everybody you know who supports us to:
Teachers were told during the official consultation meetings by John Goldsmith that the same number of teachers would be needed if we changed to two-tier – it stands to reason he said, there are the same number of “youngsters” to teach.
It stands to reason, but also was apparently wrong.
One day after the final consultation meeting at Hastingsbury (the one where Martin Fletcher boasted about his online poll) there was a meeting of teachers at Goldington Middle where Brian Glover and a senior HR official said that there would in fact be redundancies.
Other official meetings between council officers and teachers have not been advertised by some Heads to their staff – maybe they forgot to tell them?
John Goldsmith also talked about “ring-fencing” positions, joint appointments between schools, and seamless merging to the new structure…and Cinderella just passed Sleeping Beauty on her way to Disneyland…
The only rings here are the round holes into which some square pegs will be force-fitted…joint-appointments are a fantasy if schools cannot organise transition in an orderly manner…and as for seamless change…we’d better ask the planners of the Millennium Dome or Heathrow Terminal 5 or the Channel Tunnel if they told the same fairy stories before they started.
The fantasies spread by the architects of this damaging change need to be examined very carefully by every teacher working in Bedford Borough who should be hammering on the doors of their union reps.
(this blog was brought to you by Grumpy)