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Here is a rather interesting videos, made by the conservative party in the election.... :-P


Sorry, I forgot about this classic Party-Political broadcast:



It's the Conservative party that pushed through the decision to close my school (and all the other middle schools in my area), against the wishes and advice of every parent, every teacher, and every education professional consulted.

I don't see them making a video about that...

I see that "Poly-ticks" are not exclusive to the USA....you have the same breed of animal over there too. *sigh*

That'd be your Council would it - I thought official Party Policy was the other way (at the moment)?


To be honest, the only Tories I've had dealings with have been councillors, either at County or Town level.

My own councillor (at the time of the decision) was a Tory, and we ended up having a very public shouting match about the closure.

We have a Green Councillor now, and I like to think my public confrontations with the Tory (I wrote a lot of letters to the local press) helped bring that about.

Yes, at council-level things go local. I'd got this idea that the present gov't was leaning (at least) towards fewer. bigger schools?


Apparently, the "ideal" size for a high school is 1200 pupils.

Personally, I consider any school over 600 pupils to be too large and impersonal.  We have 450 (ish).  I know every child by sight, at least half by name (when they are in front of me).  Every child knows me and my reputation.  The parents know me.  I speak to almost every member of staff almost every day.

Kitewife's current school is 1800 kids - she doesn't even know who all the staff are, and there are a lot of the kids she has never even seen.  In that kind of school, lots of things slip through the cracks.

I wouldn't disagree with that.


My cousin goes to a highschool of nearly 4000 students. And it's a private school.

My old Catholic boys high school was just under 100 boys. That's much too small.

4-500 I'd say is the ideal size. My current school is about 350, and it seems just a tad too small, but definitely better than either of those two extremes.

Odd how such decisions often fly in the face of popular, professional and employee opinions...

Then again having met some of the boards and committees involved in such things it's not a shock, despite the number of consultations they arrange they'll ignore them all if it suits. 

Obviously its a wee bit different but the 'type' of person involved is often the same... Not to generalize... 

They had a large public consultation about the whole thing, but when they came to "consult" with us, one of them actually said "...although we may not actually do what the majority of people want".

The decision was made (to save money) before the consultation began, and was based on a deliberately fallacious assumption from day one. 

Wasting more money with the consultation, awfully clever on their part.  It seems as though foresight and clarity of thought disappear as soon committees get together... 

Are there even enough schools locally to absorb the loss? 

They need to build an extra high school and a sixth form centre.

They will be needed open in September 2011, but none of the actual work has started yet...

Primary schools will be able to take in the extras, thanks to a drop in pupil numbers coming up through the ages groups.  I don't think anybody has thought about the bulge in numbers that is coming behind that...

I predict an awful lot of port-a-cabins appearing in car-parks.

So in reality a revamp of the existing facilities would likely have been cheaper and saved a lot of hassle?

The bulge in numbers just comes back to the foresight issue, hopefully they learn eventually - fiver says they want the staff from the old school shifted to the new... 

You've just lost your money.

The primaries don't need any more staff (because of the dip in numbers), and the high schools are accepting applications from people outside the area for filling the jobs they have worked out they need.

Technically, those of us who work in Middle schools are being made redundant on the day the school closes, and we have no guaranteed future.

It means we are losing a lot of skilled staff to other counties, or to early retirement.

i don't "know" you, and i don't want to presume that i do. but from your interactions here, and the way you talk about how you handle your classes, then your area is losing a pretty big asset to the future of your local youth. someone with as much hands on knowledge as you should be sought for any school, for any class, at any time, and for any cost. it's ridiculous that our global society has put so much pressure and focus on cost savings (which i know is a requirement to keep the doors open) that school operators will resort to "shit canning" an entire staff of seasoned professionals to replace them with people who will work for less because they A) have no experience or B) suck at teaching so much that they'll work for anything. this crap happens here in the US all the time too and it makes me sick.

Thank you for those kind words.

I'm not gone yet, but I am expensive compared to newer staff with less experience and less responsibility, but better training (my original teacher-training was rubbish, and set me back professionally several years).

I know I'm an asset to any school I go to, but I need to persuade the bean-counters.

Yet more evidence that democracy is dying and the voice of the people is being silenced...

Party political adverts need some reason / commentary - otherwise it's equivalent to SPAM. Would you invite a discussion on the video w'ref techniques, poitics, by editing the post?