Tonight a primary school colleagues told me that their school had been served with a notice from the LEA saying that they were 'at risk of coasting'.
What was happening? Had the school and the staff been galvanised into action? Far from it...the staff were depressed and demoralised. They felt at risk, and that the academy broker vultures were circling. I asked what the figures were looking like, and my colleague said
'I have no idea, to be honest I have seen so many meaningless figures today that I have no idea why it's been decided we are not good enough.'
And then, and tellingly...
Kids are going home to no food/heat/clean clothes and are experiencing and seeing all manner of abuse and yet they don't give a s**t about that. Just data.
And my colleague has ben thinking about leaving the profession. No wonder.
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