What is Ed Balls thinking?
Increased pressure is being placed upon those in senior roles within schools after Ed Balls made his recent announcement about cutbacks. While head teachers are very skilled professionals, it seems that they are the people likely to lose their jobs if the cuts go ahead.
The success of a good school is down to the skills of head teachers and their staff. Clearly, without good leaders our schools will suffer. But by “thinning out” good leaders – by asking them to manage larger schools or groups of schools – we would be stretching existing resources to their limits. Simply threatening teachers with cuts will have the effect of de-stabilizing many schools.
Serious questions need to be asked about spending within the government, rather than focusing on the people on the front line, who, day in day out, deliver the service to the ultimate end users: our children.
There are many other areas the government could look at before it cuts teachers jobs. One is the investment it’s putting in to the new Schools Recruitment Service.
The DCSF has awarded a contract estimated to be worth £12 million to build and operate the Schools Recruitment Service – ignoring the fact that there are already very viable and capable providers in this space, like Eteach, who can and who already do deliver this service without spending £12 million.
Eteach is committed to reducing the cost of recruitment – and is the only company that can guarantee that it will cut the cost of a school’s recruitment.
“Education – Education – Education” was the pledge from New Labour when they were first elected; now it’s “Education cuts – Education cuts – Education cuts.” What a shocking turnaround!
One thing we know for sure when it comes to cutting costs is that cutting teachers’ and school leaders’ jobs is not the answer.