Their students perform exceptionally well at mainstream schools after they leave. But yeah they kind of have a weird almost cult vibe about them. Probably because they are all the same family who run it.
John Marsden set up the English curriculum for the school and he is an exceptionally bright teacher.
We moved before we had to decide. The fees were enormous which was off putting.
The funding strategy for education as well as the reforms re literacy and numeracy is an unmitigated disaster. And a very frightening one. Because ten years from now we will witness the fruits of this very misguided policy and it won't be pretty.
5 year olds subjected to literacy and numeracy testing (totally and utterly irrelevant as well as dangerous at that age) which is linked to funding and performance based pay for teaching staff. (Nooooo!!!) What happens when the child fails? No funding? An embarrassing rehash of the public reporting system that was and is the awful and grossly inaccurate MySchools project?
Politicians who have never stepped foot in a classroom mandating more testing (on top of the ridiculous NAPLAN regime) as the answer to our education woes.
NO funding for teacher training. NO focus on university quals that so desperately need a clean up and dragged into line with real life K-12 teaching requirements. NOTHING at all for the desperately needed disability awareness training to pull teachers into the 21st century so as to prevent kids from being put in 'time out rooms' or turfed into cages. And yet they point to a lack of formal testing as being the source as to why our kids aren't reading and writing as well as they did thirty years ago!!!
Are they oblivious to the massive chasm that the American test everything approach has created in their system? That NAPLAN, in fact, isn't working and is one giant and expensive joke? Do they not see the chaos a similar approach has caused in the UK and how they are now fighting it because it's just not working and, in fact, is causing further deficits?
This isn't teaching. It's factory farming.
Longer school hours are ridiculous. Finnish schools have short hours, long holidays, kids dont start school until they are - 6 or 7? Educatiom is not babysitting and childminding. The needs of the kids, not the convenience of the parents, needs to come first. Teachers work 9-10 hour days as it is.
Teaching is not a job where you rock up just before school starts and leave when the kids do. It is not possible to do everything a teacher needs to do and do that. If teachers are doing that then they're either taking work home or they're not doing their job properly.
Teachers don't get 16 weeks off
There are lots of reasons kids don't perform 'well'. I could list heaps. Yes sometimes it's about mediocre teaching. More often than not it isn't. On paper we don't perform fantastic (although we have steadily improved). Yet we are seen as the best school in our community. Parents play a HUGE role. As does SES, cultural aspects.
Under this awful initiative teachers of low SES schools would be punished for aspects that are out of their hands.
Mrs Tickle (03-05-2016)
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