Cheering for spin
My calculations reveal that the alleged pound;144 million to be allocated to state schools over the next 10 years is small beer indeed. Details of this "new" money are sketchy. I can only read between the lines of Mr Balls' gushing praise for classroom assistants and volunteers. Without them, schools would grind to a halt. Will headteachers be charged with recruiting yet another battalion for the "mums' army"?
One-to-one tuition, if it is to have a serious impact, must be given by trained practitioners like those at Nottingham High.
Listening to Mr Balls' speech about the new finances, I came to the conclusion he was applying his post-neoclassical endogenous growth theory producing money from hot air. Was any of the new spin challenged by teachers' representatives at the fringe? No.
So, keeping the classroom foot-soldiers in the dark, will union leaders recommend the new manna from Gordon to their executive committees? Only time will tell.
Headteacher and former NASUWT executive