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£3,000 blow for trainee teachers


Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 16 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 16 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and write about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 16 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

£3,000 blow for trainee teachers (Guardian)

This is a rather silly idea. At a time when teacher recruitment is in crisis, the government is insisting on charging top-up fees to trainee teachers who have previously been exempt from fees altogether. And, apparently, they think that this won’t deter people. I can’t understand why the government are being so slow in this respect, especially with teacher training. I can imagine that alot of people do their primary degree, and then, unsure on what they want to do next, do a year of teacher-training since it is free and might come in handy. They then end up in the classroom, teaching kids. If you put a £3000 price tag on that extra year, then fewer people who are still ‘considering their options’ are likely to take that year: They’re far more likely to go out into the big bad commercial world and get a job, so that they have some money coming in and not a further £3000 going onto their student debt.

How does Labour MP who got a maintenance grant to see them through university (ie nearly all of them) can expect me to vote for them, now that they have not only removed the funding that supported them, but also introduced fees, and then increased fees?

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