Teaching or not in schools

Currently teachers are being paid to stay at home in the main, and teach their own children if they have any. Some of them go into the care hubs every now and then to sit at the back of the classroom on their phones and put on films on netflix. The children of the key workers are not being taught anything to avoid them being advantaged. Instead the key worker parents have to teach their kids when they come home from work ( tired ) so inevitably the children of key workers are not getting taught anything at the moment, so are being disadvantaged. There are also vulnerable children who are off the radar. Children need teachers more than anything and they are the one public sector worker who are not stepping up to the challenge. Keyworkers are putting themselves at risk when they go to work. The children going into the childcare hubs are putting themselves at risk as there is no social distancing. Yet teachers dont want to open schools because of the risk to themselves? Obviously they would rather stay at home for 5 months holiday. I am going to find it difficult to ever listen to a teacher who says you shouldn't take a child out of school for a weeks holiday because of what they will miss, yet when they themselves get to stay at home for months all of a sudden children will be fine as long as you do baking and gardening with them. Teachers should be back at work, open up more hubs, and should work over the summer reaching out to the vulnerable children that have been abandoned so that there is not such a huge attainment gap which will ultimately affect all children of all levels.

Why the contribution is important

Vulnerable children need teachers. Teachers need to step up. Key workers are currently doing two jobs while teachers are barely doing one or just teaching their own kids. More hubs need to be open. Teachers need to reduce the attainment gap before it becomes too large and every child suffers as a result.

by cherry on May 08, 2020 at 10:24PM

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  • Posted by Frosy87 May 09, 2020 at 09:23

    Teachers are working. It's a national pandemic. They are supporting children every day. The reason for no holidays in school time is because then you are trying to reach children who have missed weeks when others have not. Everyone is in the same situation at the moment. Teachers are working Inn hubs, but we are not just childcare so you can go to work. Keyworkers children in the hub I go to are supported to do the school work their teachers have set and supporting their well being. It is not normal times. Teachers want to open schools because it will be better for the children, but it will not be better for them if people die uneccesarily.
  • Posted by Tmy May 09, 2020 at 10:37

    I’m unsure where people are getting the impression that teachers are using this time as a holiday. We are working everyday providing learning opportunities, support for our pupils. We plan and deliver lessons. We are in contact with vulnerable pupils. We are teaching our own children at home too. We are ‘stepping up’.
  • Posted by mazy123 May 09, 2020 at 13:14

    As a teacher I am appalled by this comment. I am working long days at home planning tasks for my pupils, doing welfare checks on pupils, marking and giving feedback, in virtual staff meetings, liasing with high school about my P7s transition as well as taking my turn working in hubs and home schooling my child. Other staff are delivering free school meals on top of all this too. To say that teachers are being paid to sit at home and need to step up is incredibly insulting.
  • Posted by Aham25 May 09, 2020 at 17:17

    This is an appalling attitude. Not once in hubs have we shoved on netflix and sat on our phones...let us also be clear the hubs are childcare....teachers have given up holidays to work there voluntarily. When not in hubs we are preparing online learning, providing daily feedback to parents, being emailed until 11pm at night, attending staff meetings, completing reports, writing policies...the list goes on. Teachers care for children as if they are our own which is why we wish to safe guard children and their families as much as possible. Let's also not forget we are juggling working from home with our own childcare....am getting pretty fed up with the teacher bashing to be honest on this site. We are in the middle of a pandemic and are all playing our part. Disgraceful comments!
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