A study through the Association of School and College Leaders claims that 37% from the UK\’s head teachers were likely to resign because of education reform within the country by having an additional 54% still considering their position.
This is the latest escalation in an ongoing row between teaching unions and the Government recently. Unions have previously taken strike action over reforms to pensions with more industrial action expected on Wednesday 28th March. In some areas teachers have threatened just to walk out in protest against the government\’s expansion of academies/free schools. They are independent schools, on a similar model to US charter schools, which are run free from local authority interference and regulations.
The ASCL claims that head teacher frustration over rising workloads, funding cuts and constant Government attacks on the current standards in state education has reached the stage where they are hesitant to go on being undermined and underappreciated. The government claims that it cannot ignore falling standards and must act to rectify slipping down international performance table or be left behind all of those other world.
Particularly unpopular are the changes to Ofsted inspections, which aim to encourage schools to enhance by relabeling \’satisfactory\’ status as \’requiring improvement, reviewing outstanding status to check on that standards haven\’t slipped and doing inspections during unannounced appointments with see schools the way they actually run instead of how they look during days they\’ve prepared specifically for.
Brian Lightman, ASCL general secretary, said head teachers felt \”angry and deeply frustrated, on the verge of being bullied\”.
Speaking prior to the union\’s annual conference in Birmingham on Friday, he said: \”The bottom line is that the Government needs school and college leaders on its side if it wants its policies to work and standards to continue to improve.
Educational reforms like the free schools project are popular enough for that new schools to possess enormous waiting lists and far more applications than place. The disposable schools project is allowing Kent Council to construct a new grammar school for the first time in Half a century. The attainment standards of scholars in state education are undeniably slipping. Considering all of this, the wording from Lightman sounds nearly the same as a threat and makes one wonder who\’s the bullied and who the bully in this stand-off.