South-East Teaching Assistants Petition to Spare the Axe!

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GMB (Photo credit: Nick Efford)

South-East Teaching Assistants Petition to Spare the Axe!

Teaching Assistant members of the trade union (GMB) to which Gogwit belongs will be asking the public to sign a petition asking the UK Secretary of State for Education not to axe the jobs of around a fifth to a quarter of a million Teaching Assistants.

If you will be in the vicinity of the Woolwich Arsenal DLR Station on Saturday 27 July at around 1300BST please visit their stall (near the Green’s End entrance) – chat to them about why TAs are so important – and PLEASE sign their petition!

PIP faces Legal Challenge!

PIP faces Legal Challenge!

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Diary of a Benefit Scrounger

A site to share information on Welfare cuts, illness, disability and general, current, political thought.

Gove Versus Reality!

Gove Versus Reality!

This should be required viewing for all trainee teachers and all governing bodies.
An excellent web-site and resource if you want to investigate the truth behind the cynical, systematic undermining of state funded universal education in the UK.

If you do nothing else, watch the eponymous video.  Please do delve deeper – and who knows – maybe protest?

Thanks to NASUWT for the link.

A Childish Song…

This has been kicking around inside my head for the past few days, or so.

Childish Song, No.1 – with refrain.

I do not know why the sky is blue,
It just seems this is right.
Learnèd souls will tell me how
My eyes fill with reflected light.
I wonder if I always knew
Or whether I was told –
That the sky is blue.

I do not know why a fire is hot,
It just seems to be the case.
Learnèd souls will tell me how
Radiant heat falls on my face.
I wonder if I always knew
Or whether I was told –
That a fire is hot.

I do not know why the night is dark,
It just seems that this is said.
Learnèd souls will tell me how
The Sun has gone to bed.
I wonder if I always knew
Or whether I was told –
That the night is dark.

And I do not know why love must hurt,
It just seems to be the way.
Learnèd souls will tell me how
There is nothing they can say.
‘Though I wonder if I always knew
I suspect that I was told –
That love must hurt.

Ben A Harvey

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Birmingham Education Conference

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A timelined report of the conference “The Birmingham Education Conference – A Vision for All Birmingham’s Children” held at Birchfield Community School on 9 March 2013.

Perhaps my favourite quotation:

Amazing teachers in this school on Monday will treat children not as they are but as they might become. – Tim Brighouse.