Bribing students makes for poor teachers…

“Call me Dave” Cameron has come up with a wizard wheeze for encouraging post-grad students to enter teaching – pay off their student loan debts for as long as they remain in teaching. By which I assume they mean paying it off gradually, so that should students realise what they’ve got themselves into, there will be a stiff financial penalty awaiting them should they quit.

Doubtless this scheme will bring more people into teaching – but Continue reading

The lunatics are running the asylum…

In the Guardian, Jenni Russell writes about the plights of two teachers who wound up in court because, basically, pupils dishonestly accused them of assault. One was acquitted, one was found guilty by magistrates clearly in need of a reality check. Can’t say I’m too surprised, though.

I have one experience of the magistrates’ court – on a Continue reading