22 February 2007

Teachers: Dispirited & Disheartened

Earlier this week, the headteacher at my son's school reported to the governing body that all the local heads are complaining about a number of issues concerning funding and the extended schools project, so I thought I'd look into the experiences of others. The following has just appeared in the Belfast Telegraph:

"This money could be used to buy books, equipment and resources for pupils; to employ more staff; to stop our school buildings from crumbling further and would also enable us to buy in management support for school leaders.
"It is crazy to have a situation where schools are getting funding for extended schools, breakfast clubs and astroturf pitches when money is not getting to where it is needed, at the chalkface.
"Many of our colleagues are dispirited, disheartened, on their knees or trying to get out but we will keep fighting.
"We have come to the end of our tether. We are no longer school leaders - we are fire fighters. "