Education is always a hot topic in this country where everyone but the teaching unions, associated lefties and the previous Labour government believe that there has been systematic dumbing down stretching over generations.

It’s become so bad even Ofsted has noticed…


Thousands of bright children are being “systematically failed” by England’s non-selective secondaries, education inspectors warn.
A culture of low expectations means England’s able pupils are failing to gain top GCSE grades, Ofsted says.
Two-thirds of pupils, some 65,000, who achieved Level 5 in primary school maths and English tests failed to get A* or an A in both subjects at GCSE.
Head teachers questioned the statistical basis of Ofsted’s claims.
Association of School and College Leaders general secretary Brian Lightman said: “I have real concerns about Ofsted’s evidence base for drawing these conclusions.
“Level 5 is a wide band that includes a range of ability levels, not just the brightest students. The government has said that for children who come into secondary school with a Level 5, expected progress means a B at GCSE.
“Of course we want those children to achieve even higher, but for Ofsted to say that they are underachieving if they don’t get an A or A* is unfair to those students and their teachers.”

Of course it’s never the fault of the teachers, it’s always the fault of those compiling the reports, of those employers who fiendishly expect kids applying for jobs to be able to read and write. It’s undoubtedly the fault of those snobby universities who have remedial classes to bring students up to an acceptable standard to even begin a university course.

In short the only people who don’t believe there is a fault are those with a vested interest in not getting the blame.

The problem with the state school system is unfortunately one of the lowest common denominator, where everyone is treat the same within a broad set of bands. There’s no pressure or emphasis for a pupil to push themselves as frankly it wouldn’t really make a damn to the school if they did, they’d still have to share the same classroom as Chavvy McChav and his mates who take up nearly 99% of the teachers time as the teacher struggles to cope with their antics. That’s assuming the teacher actually gives a damn and is good at their job in the first place.

The education minister has started new style exams to be introduced soon, perhaps he’s have been better served by getting people into teaching who can and will get the best out of pupils whilst coming up with a system of ridding Chavvy McChav and his mates into some activity which exhausts and keeps them occupied without involving highly qualified staff.

I somehow doubt that education reform will get very far, there are too many vested interests in making sure it fails whilst shifting the blame.

8 comments for “Fault

  1. Mudplugger
    June 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Apart from the wealth of incompetent teachers and the lack of selection/streaming, another key factor is in the official measurement of success.

    When the blunt measure is simply the proportion of pupils gaining Grade C or above, there is only ever an incentive to focus on those borderline kids who might just sneak up from a D or E into the target ‘pay-band’ of C. This means that the most able pupils will be ignored (they’ll get at least a C just for turning up) and the least able will also be ignored (because they’d never get a C anyway, so why waste your self-limited effort).
    Powerful things, statistics.

    • June 14, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Indeed! Which is why increasingly desperate responsible parents are doing all they can – by hook or by crook – to get into better schools or paying through the nose for private tutors. While Chavvy McChav’s biological producers treat state schooling as babysitting so they can watch ‘Jeremy Kyle’ in peace.

  2. Viscount Rectum
    June 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Risky business teaching kids to think, it could be qute harmfull to the State

    • ivan
      June 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      I wonder why?

      • Rossa
        June 17, 2013 at 10:43 am

        The kids need to be schooled in what to think not educated in how to think for themselves.

  3. Voice of Reason
    June 14, 2013 at 12:06 am

    It would appear that UK education has caught the same disease as that in the US, since I left in 1978. I have now been teaching for over 35 years, and I can tell you that no amount of expert teaching can overcome lack of ability and apathy.

  4. Penseivat
    June 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I did try to ask local teachers about this, but they were too busy preparing for their 7 week summer break, which followed their two week Easter break and one week mid-term break, to talk to me. My goodness, they really do have it rough, especially as they are expected to work in between their 14 weeks paid holiday a year. Thank goodness, I never became a teacher. I couldn’t stand the pace and pressure!

    • James Strong
      June 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      No, you probably couldn’t stand the pace or the pressure.
      You probanly couldn’t manage or motivate a group of people of varying abilities and varying attitudes. That is substantially more difficult than managing subordinates at work where it is much more likely that everyone will want to pull in the same direction.
      You probably couldn’t deal with the hours of preparation and marking outside those hours spent in school and class, and you probably couldn’t deal with the constant pressure of scrutiny, distrust and varying degrees of insult from outsiders.And then you couldn’t deal with the pressure to maintain your own dignity and the respect of the pupils when they can see these insults in the public domain.

      But you went to school, so you think you could teach.

      If you think that the remuneration package, including holidays, of teachers is too generous then work to reduce it and see what you get.

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