Overheard in the staffroom

12th May 2006 at 01:00
The TES online forums are a hotbed of debate. Here is just a taste of what users are saying this week. Join the discussion at: www.tes.co.ukstaffroom

Alan Johnson - quick, cancel the new "schools commissioner"

Xl5: I've got a great idea for your first day (congratulations by the way): cancel the latest cretinous scheme to overpay some tired old has-been or smarmy arse-licking thruster.

Is the curriculum outdated?

TigerLily: For example, whenever would you use the skill of working out area? Say you wanted a new carpet, you would tell the bloke your room measured x by x, he would type it into a computer and tell you how much it would cost.

Boristhebad: They need the skills to learn independently. Reading, comprehension, listening, using resource bases and presenting findings.

Professional development in the workplace is continuous. Those used to being spoon-fed can't keep up. If they could accomplish this by Year 8, the freedom to learn by their own choice would make it more palatable. Most are stuck in classes because they haven't the ability to go it alone.

Eureka!: Some things are pretty much essential - your basic core skills of literacy and numeracy. Perhaps throw in thinking skills and general knowledge. Beyond that, there is nothing so vital that it should be taught en masse.

Bring back the Nit Nurse

Frances5: My son's private nursery seems to have a epidemic of nits.

Unfortunately, because of Ofsted the nursery nurses are not allowed to check children's heads and one child can infect an entire nursery. Even if a nurse spots nits in a child's hair they will not send that child home.

Needabreak: I thought they had to send them home in the interest of public health.

Supplyforever: Not only can we not send them home, but I have been told not to inform individual parents if we see their child's head is crawling.

Missmj: Can't do anything. I've been told we can't remove a child, all we can do is send a letter home with all children informing parents that someone in the class has head lice, so checking their children would be a good idea.

These comments are personal opinions of individual contributors

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today