Six years ago, maybe a couple more, we wrote a little essay about the way that education was going. At the time we were in daily contact with the education system. At the time many people told us that we didn’t know what we were talking about.
At its core was the move to downgrade the classroom teacher to the point they would no longer be necessary. The point would be reached where a school had a Super-Head who was responsible for a number of school sites. These would be paid eye watering sums of money in the same way that a CEO of a large organisation is currently paid. They would not need to have ANY teaching experience.
A Super-Head would appoint Heads of Faculty at each site and these would control the education at that site. These would be responsible for those who actually came into contact with the students. Where a number of classes of the same subject might go on simultaneously they might have a Head of Department such as in English and maths. This is the grade at which Teacher-Training ends as does the term Teacher.
The Face-To-Face with the students happens with Classroom Assistants. These will have had, at most, a year at College and a year of supervision before being able to call themselves a Classroom Assistant.
They will pick up their teaching pack at the start of the day, supervise the lessons they are directed to that day, then deliver their report and any student work at the end of the day. They may get contact with the same class each time but this wouldn’t necessarily be the case. A sort of elevated Supply Teacher as their contract would tend to be longer than that of a current supply teacher.
So what has that got to do with anything? A report just published shows that nearly a third of new teachers who started in 2010 had thrown in the towel by 2015. It will be interesting to see how much longer the remaining two thirds last.
This means there is a constant churn going on in our schools as staff also leave at the other end of the age profile. If this keeps up then they are going to run out of teachers. That’s where the plan above comes into to play. You don’t NEED that many teachers anymore.
Don’t moan – you voted for them, not us!