Fiona Millar: Let’s build on passions unleashed in the election to blast apart the market in schools

”Few people really grasp school funding, and I suspect none who do are advising the main political parties. But if someone would listen to the experts who do understand the detail, from organisations such as the Association of School and College Leaders, we could build on the passion unleashed in the campaign, ensure there is short-term relief, but also try to construct a new fair funding system from scratch, based on need and sufficiency rather than history or short-term political expediency.

But perhaps most notable about the parties’ election manifestos was how bland and conservative they were. Funding aside, there was no serious debate about the future of education during the election campaign. If you strip out the pledges of money and what my fellow columnist Laura McInerney calls “the battle over lunch and breakfast”, every party was offering a slightly different version of the status quo.

In other words, the market-driven hierarchy of schools would continue, presided over by the grammar, faith and fee-paying schools and fuelled by an admissions system and accountability measures that provide copious perverse incentives for schools to manipulate intakes and results.”
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jun/12/election-market-schools-fiona-millar

WallyWillage 
You’re not fooling us Mrs Fiona SPIN.

You are working for more PRIVATISATION in education so that the state makes profits for shareholders and gets tax breaks
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jun/11/private-schools-tax-charitable-status-eton-dulwich-college

What a CHARLATAN, Foney is.

ConfuciusHeSay 
… Blimey!

A market in schools!

How things have changed since my days – we only had a tuck shop …

Teachers on Twitter

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/apr/20/teachers-on-twitter-why-join-get-started-social-media
26 November 2016

I moved to Africa – and realised how flawed British education is

”I’ve realised that, in the British schools I worked in, management was simply not doing a good job. The academisation (or deregulation, if you like) boom has flooded corridors with sharp-suited Machiavellis, clinging desperately to iPads and spreadsheets in the hope that they are projecting a credible image of what a manager looks like.

Here, I work for a team of leaders who encourage, support and involve the classroom practitioners in the running of the school. There are no sharp-elbowed struggles for crumbs from the promotion-table. There are certainly none of the Gestapo tactics which have British teachers fearful that the next “book-trawl” or “data-cycle” or “pupil voice questionnaire” or “learning walk” will mean that the wind has changed for them, and they are next in the firing line.

We do have lesson observations and performance management and all those other things, but they are used as constructive tools rather than leverage over the underlings.”
https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/nov/26/secret-teacher-africa-is-teaching-me-how-flawed-british-education

pelican8231 – > entropy_is_a_hoax 26 Nov 2016
My children went to school liking books and wanting to learn. They and their taste for learning was mostly ignored in our school system. I was told by a teacher once: ‘(my son) …is good in science but that is of no consequence: what matters is that he knows how to tick the right boxes within the time limit’. Education should be taken out of the political game.

aboleth – > doctordoom79 26 Nov 2016
Not only education. The school system is an example of a failed managerial approach that delivers little, at great cost, but does what it was designed to do: empower the executive.

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