MP criticises teacher strikes, saying it will damage children's education

Braintree and Witham Times: Priti Patel Priti Patel

An MP has condemned strike action by teachers.

The National Union of Teachers has called for industrial action today, which is affecting some schools across the district.

Priti Patel, MP for Witham, said: “I commend the teachers that continued to work despite the strike action, those who are clearly not misled by the misinformation put out by the trade union leaders, and put their pupils before the ideologically driven agendas of the NUT.

“It is the children and vulnerable people in our society that will suffer the most from this strike action.

"I therefore urge all teachers in my constituency to spend today teaching their pupils rather than encouraging trade unions to cause so much damage to the education of our children.”

 

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12:55pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Boris says...

Bog standard reaction from a Tory MP. Priti should realise that Michael Gove is doing infinitely more harm to children's education than any teachers' strike. Success to the teachers, they deserve it. Priti, come to your senses, and stop supporting Gove.
Bog standard reaction from a Tory MP. Priti should realise that Michael Gove is doing infinitely more harm to children's education than any teachers' strike. Success to the teachers, they deserve it. Priti, come to your senses, and stop supporting Gove. Boris
  • Score: 4

12:57pm Wed 26 Mar 14

The King of Colchester says...

If schools can issue fines of £60 PER GUARDIAN per child taken out of school for an unauthorised absence, then parents should be able to charge schools for the cost of child care for the day.
If schools can issue fines of £60 PER GUARDIAN per child taken out of school for an unauthorised absence, then parents should be able to charge schools for the cost of child care for the day. The King of Colchester
  • Score: 13

1:10pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

Having unqualified and underpaid teachers - which is Gove's latest trick - will hurt generations of children. A day not being taught is irrelevant.

Gove is a total disaster for education.
Having unqualified and underpaid teachers - which is Gove's latest trick - will hurt generations of children. A day not being taught is irrelevant. Gove is a total disaster for education. Jack222
  • Score: 2

1:33pm Wed 26 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

We live in a democracy priti.
We live in a democracy priti. stevedawson
  • Score: 9

1:46pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

I wouldn't expect a Tory MP to do anything less than oppose strike action and defend the actions of a fellow party minister.
I wouldn't expect a Tory MP to do anything less than oppose strike action and defend the actions of a fellow party minister. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 3

1:47pm Wed 26 Mar 14

keith_l says...

stevedawson wrote:
We live in a democracy priti.
A democracy where 36% of NUT members can cause disruption in about half of the country's schools despite talks being ongoing. The six other teaching unions did not support this strike.
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: We live in a democracy priti.[/p][/quote]A democracy where 36% of NUT members can cause disruption in about half of the country's schools despite talks being ongoing. The six other teaching unions did not support this strike. keith_l
  • Score: 1

2:04pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Scoot says...

Yes Steve a democracy where the majority (over 70% !!) of a unions membership couldn't give a t*%s and only 22.28 % of the membership actually voted for action. Some democracy !!
IF the NUT wants parents to sympathise then maybe they should 1. get the 73% who couldn't be ar5ed to pull their fingers out and 2. Strike to affect the powers that be i.e on Non-pupil days (unless these are actually 'lets all go to Lakeside' days...).
However I can see their point regarding the bureaucracy and more often than not the DFE or LEA changes how the paperwork should be filled in so teachers are having to play catch-up so that everything can be in order if you have an OFSTED (and they can fail your school just on paperwork even if you have brilliant teachers !). But I would be much happier being operated on by a surgeon (i.e expert in his field) than a GP in other words being taught by a graduate in the subject he is teaching than someone with a B.Ed - Ok the best scenario would be for the graduate to do a pgce but why shouldn't he be allowed to teach while he takes his pgce like a NQT stands there in front of a class having to refer back to notes/text books. As a nation our education standards are falling behind. Yes Mr Gove may have some bad points but he has a few good points as well but it says a lot about the teachers when 73% can't even be BOVVERED.
Yes Steve a democracy where the majority (over 70% !!) of a unions membership couldn't give a t*%s and only 22.28 % of the membership actually voted for action. Some democracy !! IF the NUT wants parents to sympathise then maybe they should 1. get the 73% who couldn't be ar5ed to pull their fingers out and 2. Strike to affect the powers that be i.e on Non-pupil days (unless these are actually 'lets all go to Lakeside' days...). However I can see their point regarding the bureaucracy and more often than not the DFE or LEA changes how the paperwork should be filled in so teachers are having to play catch-up so that everything can be in order if you have an OFSTED (and they can fail your school just on paperwork even if you have brilliant teachers !). But I would be much happier being operated on by a surgeon (i.e expert in his field) than a GP in other words being taught by a graduate in the subject he is teaching than someone with a B.Ed - Ok the best scenario would be for the graduate to do a pgce but why shouldn't he be allowed to teach while he takes his pgce like a NQT stands there in front of a class having to refer back to notes/text books. As a nation our education standards are falling behind. Yes Mr Gove may have some bad points but he has a few good points as well but it says a lot about the teachers when 73% can't even be BOVVERED. Scoot
  • Score: 1

2:10pm Wed 26 Mar 14

siteman says...

Priti needs to remember that most people do not have the luxury of being able to give themselves a pay rise of 11%. Some of us lesser mortals have to put up with 1%
Priti needs to remember that most people do not have the luxury of being able to give themselves a pay rise of 11%. Some of us lesser mortals have to put up with 1% siteman
  • Score: 3

2:22pm Wed 26 Mar 14

The King of Colchester says...

stevedawson wrote:
We live in a democracy priti.
Ah. Another useless comment from Mr Steve Boreson.

I never got to vote for or against this strike. In fact, no one other than NUT teaching members did. Yet a massive chunk of parents and students are being affected. That's not democracy, it's bullying!
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: We live in a democracy priti.[/p][/quote]Ah. Another useless comment from Mr Steve Boreson. I never got to vote for or against this strike. In fact, no one other than NUT teaching members did. Yet a massive chunk of parents and students are being affected. That's not democracy, it's bullying! The King of Colchester
  • Score: -2

2:27pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Scoot wrote:
Yes Steve a democracy where the majority (over 70% !!) of a unions membership couldn't give a t*%s and only 22.28 % of the membership actually voted for action. Some democracy !!
IF the NUT wants parents to sympathise then maybe they should 1. get the 73% who couldn't be ar5ed to pull their fingers out and 2. Strike to affect the powers that be i.e on Non-pupil days (unless these are actually 'lets all go to Lakeside' days...).
However I can see their point regarding the bureaucracy and more often than not the DFE or LEA changes how the paperwork should be filled in so teachers are having to play catch-up so that everything can be in order if you have an OFSTED (and they can fail your school just on paperwork even if you have brilliant teachers !). But I would be much happier being operated on by a surgeon (i.e expert in his field) than a GP in other words being taught by a graduate in the subject he is teaching than someone with a B.Ed - Ok the best scenario would be for the graduate to do a pgce but why shouldn't he be allowed to teach while he takes his pgce like a NQT stands there in front of a class having to refer back to notes/text books. As a nation our education standards are falling behind. Yes Mr Gove may have some bad points but he has a few good points as well but it says a lot about the teachers when 73% can't even be BOVVERED.
Schools are crying out for qualified and experienced teachers. Sadly, there are not enough. School sizes continue to increase and the number of teaching staff joining the profession is on the decline. Hardly surprising when you consider the increased pressure to hit deadlines, along with teaches being given less choice in the methods they use to teach.
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: Yes Steve a democracy where the majority (over 70% !!) of a unions membership couldn't give a t*%s and only 22.28 % of the membership actually voted for action. Some democracy !! IF the NUT wants parents to sympathise then maybe they should 1. get the 73% who couldn't be ar5ed to pull their fingers out and 2. Strike to affect the powers that be i.e on Non-pupil days (unless these are actually 'lets all go to Lakeside' days...). However I can see their point regarding the bureaucracy and more often than not the DFE or LEA changes how the paperwork should be filled in so teachers are having to play catch-up so that everything can be in order if you have an OFSTED (and they can fail your school just on paperwork even if you have brilliant teachers !). But I would be much happier being operated on by a surgeon (i.e expert in his field) than a GP in other words being taught by a graduate in the subject he is teaching than someone with a B.Ed - Ok the best scenario would be for the graduate to do a pgce but why shouldn't he be allowed to teach while he takes his pgce like a NQT stands there in front of a class having to refer back to notes/text books. As a nation our education standards are falling behind. Yes Mr Gove may have some bad points but he has a few good points as well but it says a lot about the teachers when 73% can't even be BOVVERED.[/p][/quote]Schools are crying out for qualified and experienced teachers. Sadly, there are not enough. School sizes continue to increase and the number of teaching staff joining the profession is on the decline. Hardly surprising when you consider the increased pressure to hit deadlines, along with teaches being given less choice in the methods they use to teach. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 5

5:28pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Mark Goacher says...

I was on strike today and I do not feel that I need to take any sermons on 'damaging childrens' education' from Priti Patel. The MP in question fully supports government policies that stand to cause far more damage to children than one day off. I'd like her to explain how degrading teachers' pay and conditions and thus putting off the best qualified from teaching is in childrens' interests. I'd also like her to explain how hiking up student tuition fees to £9000 a year has benefitted students and enhanced social mobility. Perhaps Priti Patel could explain to parents why it is good for their children to be educated by jaded old teachers staggering on until 68 because they are not allowed to make room for the young and enthusiastic because their pensions have been raided.
This is not a party political point I am making. I doubt that all Conservative voters want their children educated 'on the cheap' by the poorly qualified while the best graduates go into a different job.
I was on strike today and I do not feel that I need to take any sermons on 'damaging childrens' education' from Priti Patel. The MP in question fully supports government policies that stand to cause far more damage to children than one day off. I'd like her to explain how degrading teachers' pay and conditions and thus putting off the best qualified from teaching is in childrens' interests. I'd also like her to explain how hiking up student tuition fees to £9000 a year has benefitted students and enhanced social mobility. Perhaps Priti Patel could explain to parents why it is good for their children to be educated by jaded old teachers staggering on until 68 because they are not allowed to make room for the young and enthusiastic because their pensions have been raided. This is not a party political point I am making. I doubt that all Conservative voters want their children educated 'on the cheap' by the poorly qualified while the best graduates go into a different job. Mark Goacher
  • Score: 2

8:00pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Boris says...

The King of Colchester wrote:
stevedawson wrote:
We live in a democracy priti.
Ah. Another useless comment from Mr Steve Boreson.

I never got to vote for or against this strike. In fact, no one other than NUT teaching members did. Yet a massive chunk of parents and students are being affected. That's not democracy, it's bullying!
Kings don't vote, so kindly spare us your moaning.
[quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: We live in a democracy priti.[/p][/quote]Ah. Another useless comment from Mr Steve Boreson. I never got to vote for or against this strike. In fact, no one other than NUT teaching members did. Yet a massive chunk of parents and students are being affected. That's not democracy, it's bullying![/p][/quote]Kings don't vote, so kindly spare us your moaning. Boris
  • Score: -4

9:35pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Lawford Lass says...

I have no thoughts either way on the teachers pensions, I agree with performance related pay and unfortunately I like some of Gove's ideas, but not all of them. What I do have a problem with though is the fact my son is in the middle of his mocks and could do without a day off atm. All I can see is that the kids will suffer because nothing will change by the teachers striking, the only thing that will happen is that my son loses a day of schooling when he needs it most.
I have no thoughts either way on the teachers pensions, I agree with performance related pay and unfortunately I like some of Gove's ideas, but not all of them. What I do have a problem with though is the fact my son is in the middle of his mocks and could do without a day off atm. All I can see is that the kids will suffer because nothing will change by the teachers striking, the only thing that will happen is that my son loses a day of schooling when he needs it most. Lawford Lass
  • Score: 2

10:02am Thu 27 Mar 14

Checkout says...

Most people who have the intelligence and capability to teach children are not attracted by the profession. It's a very stressful and difficult occupation and it doesn't pay a great deal given the level of qualifications required. I do not know if Mr Gove is just another politically driven individual or a visionary because I do not have any significant knowledge of the subject. However, Mark Goacher makes some interesting points as does Ritchie_Hicks.
Ms Patel has climbed on this particular bandwagon for obvious reasons and makes about as much sense as she usually does.
I do feel sorry for those adversely affected but sometimes strikes are inevitable when either management or unions prove intractable.
Most people who have the intelligence and capability to teach children are not attracted by the profession. It's a very stressful and difficult occupation and it doesn't pay a great deal given the level of qualifications required. I do not know if Mr Gove is just another politically driven individual or a visionary because I do not have any significant knowledge of the subject. However, Mark Goacher makes some interesting points as does Ritchie_Hicks. Ms Patel has climbed on this particular bandwagon for obvious reasons and makes about as much sense as she usually does. I do feel sorry for those adversely affected but sometimes strikes are inevitable when either management or unions prove intractable. Checkout
  • Score: 4

10:14am Thu 27 Mar 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Boris wrote:
The King of Colchester wrote:
stevedawson wrote:
We live in a democracy priti.
Ah. Another useless comment from Mr Steve Boreson.

I never got to vote for or against this strike. In fact, no one other than NUT teaching members did. Yet a massive chunk of parents and students are being affected. That's not democracy, it's bullying!
Kings don't vote, so kindly spare us your moaning.
No Boris. But their parents do!
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: We live in a democracy priti.[/p][/quote]Ah. Another useless comment from Mr Steve Boreson. I never got to vote for or against this strike. In fact, no one other than NUT teaching members did. Yet a massive chunk of parents and students are being affected. That's not democracy, it's bullying![/p][/quote]Kings don't vote, so kindly spare us your moaning.[/p][/quote]No Boris. But their parents do! Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 1

6:44am Sat 29 Mar 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Mark Goacher wrote:
I was on strike today and I do not feel that I need to take any sermons on 'damaging childrens' education' from Priti Patel. The MP in question fully supports government policies that stand to cause far more damage to children than one day off. I'd like her to explain how degrading teachers' pay and conditions and thus putting off the best qualified from teaching is in childrens' interests. I'd also like her to explain how hiking up student tuition fees to £9000 a year has benefitted students and enhanced social mobility. Perhaps Priti Patel could explain to parents why it is good for their children to be educated by jaded old teachers staggering on until 68 because they are not allowed to make room for the young and enthusiastic because their pensions have been raided.
This is not a party political point I am making. I doubt that all Conservative voters want their children educated 'on the cheap' by the poorly qualified while the best graduates go into a different job.
Ms Patel (Sawyer) is perfectly right to have her say and is just as good and effective MP as any other around here.
Mike Gove is right to stick his VIRGO boot into the Education system.
Teachers have become Dystopia n Robots. They are all talkers and very few dooers. The ones that have come from commercial backgrounds, it is normally second fiddle, second choice failures in non public sector society.
The NUT S**T themselves when they were told that government were going to recruit former War Vets. Why?
In the above remark about young and enthusiastic teachers having no room because of the old.
The best teachers at my old school were World War 2 vets Pilots and Marines.
The young come from school go to UNI, then a Gap year in Thailand P*****G their faces off then back to teacher training with a Part Time Job at Costa-Bucks.The youngsters no F**K all
No life experiences but all gimmie gimmie gimmie.
Patel is one the best MP's in the area Jenkins is the top Dog around here.
I am not a Tory by the way, I vote for the person not the party and I know heel dragger's when I see them.
Lazy, Rude, Defensive, Down The Pub Bemoaning Your Lot, Lie To Parents, Chum Up To The Heads, University Degrees in Miscreant-ness.
Is about the only qualities you possess
Get Paid On Performance Or P**S Off.
[quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: I was on strike today and I do not feel that I need to take any sermons on 'damaging childrens' education' from Priti Patel. The MP in question fully supports government policies that stand to cause far more damage to children than one day off. I'd like her to explain how degrading teachers' pay and conditions and thus putting off the best qualified from teaching is in childrens' interests. I'd also like her to explain how hiking up student tuition fees to £9000 a year has benefitted students and enhanced social mobility. Perhaps Priti Patel could explain to parents why it is good for their children to be educated by jaded old teachers staggering on until 68 because they are not allowed to make room for the young and enthusiastic because their pensions have been raided. This is not a party political point I am making. I doubt that all Conservative voters want their children educated 'on the cheap' by the poorly qualified while the best graduates go into a different job.[/p][/quote]Ms Patel (Sawyer) is perfectly right to have her say and is just as good and effective MP as any other around here. Mike Gove is right to stick his VIRGO boot into the Education system. Teachers have become Dystopia n Robots. They are all talkers and very few dooers. The ones that have come from commercial backgrounds, it is normally second fiddle, second choice failures in non public sector society. The NUT S**T themselves when they were told that government were going to recruit former War Vets. Why? In the above remark about young and enthusiastic teachers having no room because of the old. The best teachers at my old school were World War 2 vets Pilots and Marines. The young come from school go to UNI, then a Gap year in Thailand P*****G their faces off then back to teacher training with a Part Time Job at Costa-Bucks.The youngsters no F**K all No life experiences but all gimmie gimmie gimmie. Patel is one the best MP's in the area Jenkins is the top Dog around here. I am not a Tory by the way, I vote for the person not the party and I know heel dragger's when I see them. Lazy, Rude, Defensive, Down The Pub Bemoaning Your Lot, Lie To Parents, Chum Up To The Heads, University Degrees in Miscreant-ness. Is about the only qualities you possess Get Paid On Performance Or P**S Off. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 0

6:51am Sat 29 Mar 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

The King of Colchester wrote:
stevedawson wrote:
We live in a democracy priti.
Ah. Another useless comment from Mr Steve Boreson.

I never got to vote for or against this strike. In fact, no one other than NUT teaching members did. Yet a massive chunk of parents and students are being affected. That's not democracy, it's bullying!
Making personal remarks about other posters on a regular basis is not appropriate your highness.
It is ok once in a while every now and then.
May be we should have a coup and have our king beheaded?
[quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: We live in a democracy priti.[/p][/quote]Ah. Another useless comment from Mr Steve Boreson. I never got to vote for or against this strike. In fact, no one other than NUT teaching members did. Yet a massive chunk of parents and students are being affected. That's not democracy, it's bullying![/p][/quote]Making personal remarks about other posters on a regular basis is not appropriate your highness. It is ok once in a while every now and then. May be we should have a coup and have our king beheaded? A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 0

8:42am Sat 29 Mar 14

The King of Colchester says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
The King of Colchester wrote:
stevedawson wrote:
We live in a democracy priti.
Ah. Another useless comment from Mr Steve Boreson.

I never got to vote for or against this strike. In fact, no one other than NUT teaching members did. Yet a massive chunk of parents and students are being affected. That's not democracy, it's bullying!
Making personal remarks about other posters on a regular basis is not appropriate your highness.
It is ok once in a while every now and then.
May be we should have a coup and have our king beheaded?
noun: hypocrite; plural noun: hypocrites

1. a hypocritical person.

synonyms: sanctimonious person, pietist, whited sepulchre, plaster saint, humbug, pretender, deceiver, dissembler, impostor;
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: We live in a democracy priti.[/p][/quote]Ah. Another useless comment from Mr Steve Boreson. I never got to vote for or against this strike. In fact, no one other than NUT teaching members did. Yet a massive chunk of parents and students are being affected. That's not democracy, it's bullying![/p][/quote]Making personal remarks about other posters on a regular basis is not appropriate your highness. It is ok once in a while every now and then. May be we should have a coup and have our king beheaded?[/p][/quote]noun: hypocrite; plural noun: hypocrites 1. a hypocritical person. synonyms: sanctimonious person, pietist, whited sepulchre, plaster saint, humbug, pretender, deceiver, dissembler, impostor; The King of Colchester
  • Score: -2

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