Sadford returns. The things some teachers told in evidence need to be put forward, as it could be of assistance to Isla Bank, Aparima College, Gorge Road and others getting heat from the Ministry of Reducation’s statutory management.
Just to recap. According to the Education Review Office, a review entails:
How effectively does this school’s curriculum promote student learning – engagement, progress and achievement?
Exactly. Sounds great on paper.
ERO wants to know how well your school uses its self review and the information it collects on the achievement of all students to improve teaching and learning.
So how do they do it?
ERO’s conclusions are based on evidence…You can be confident your review will be fair and transparent.
Righto. Evidence-based, fair and transparent.
So what’s this from a teacher at Sadford?
Why had ERO spoken to ex-staff members before the 2012 visit? Seems odd, given the pre-visit materials are just for the Board of Trustees and current teachers….but hang on….
Why would they do that?
Hang on. Doesn’t that fly in the face of ERO’s complaints policy? And remember, the principal was blindsided by all of this on the first day of the review and not given the substance of the complaints until months later.
More about Karyn later.
Staff turnover? Show me a school in Invercargill that doesn’t lose all its teachers once they complete their two-year teacher registration post-College and piss off to Tauranga or overseas.
Chris Rowe might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer and clearly needs an update on ERO’s code of conduct and complaints policy.
Anyway, back to the teechurs:
This teacher obviously doesn’t know how ERO visits work. It’s a bit like the day before internal audit do their annual well-publicised visit. Folders are put in order, document management systems are cleaned up, and any dodgy invoicing gets burnt. In short, because you have plenty of warning, senior management want the school to look perfect. ERO would work much better as an unannounced flying squad, although most schools would then be under statutory management.
But I digress. This is the best bit from what I have got so far, and sums up the mentality of the anonymous militant teachers at Sadford.
Oh, your boss unfriended you? Hardly worthy of an affadavit. We have more. It will come soon. But this indicates the level of stupid and unethical behaviour, from the teachers through to ERO, that those other schools have to look forward to.