Latest availability for school visits, 2016:
July 6th and 15th
September 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 22nd.
November 28th, 29th, 30th.
December 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th.
I’ll be all around in the classroom –
I’ll be everywhere.
Wherever you can look –
wherever there’s a Baseline Test,
if they can make the results match,
I’ll be there.
I’ll be in your SPAG bollox
And your phonics screening.
Wherever there’s a school levellin’ a kid,
I’ll be there.
I’ll be in the way newspapers uncover government bullshit.
I’ll be in the way kids laugh
when the tests are over
and they know real learning begins,
and when the people are trapping their fronted adverbials in the door
and when they can’t determine what their determiners are.
I’ll be in your modal verbs
And your coordinating and subordinating conjunctions
And when this nonsense gives way
To an education that respects every child’s abilities
And guides them with love through life-enhancing experiences – I’ll be there, too.
Culture NL, the Trust which took over North Lanarkshire Council’s library service a couple of years ago) has served a ninety day notice that they are closing four of their smaller libraries: Craigneuk, Newarthill, Old Monkland and Petersburn. Craigneuk has been threatened with closure in the past, but local residents put pressure on the Council, getting the decision reversed. Sadly, the service has remained underused, according to Culture NL. There is a feeling locally that a residents’ campaign would be less likely to force a second change of mind.
Pearson (noun): description of Nicky Morgan’s career. Often combined with the adjective woeful.
Leak (transitive or intransitive verb): to wreck Nicky Morgan’s career.
Draw a line through the prefix: Mistaken, incompetent, untenable, Pearson performance. DfE supervision.
Laugh (transitive or intransitive): I laughed my socks off at Pearson’s incompetence. I laughed as I imagined Nicky Morgan’s face.
Circle the determiners: The Education Secretary strangled the CEO of Pearson then reached for a stiff gin.
Circle the determiners: A private company, Pearson, cocked up the SPAG test because it was incompetent.
Subordinate conjunction: Because Pearson is incompetent, Nicky Morgan looks dead in the water.
Coordinating conjunction: Nicky’s had four terrible cock-ups this month, but she carries on, the little soldier.
Fronted adverbial. With Pearson in charge, Nicky Morgan’s credibility goes belly up.
After as a preposition: After a brief spell as Education Secretary, Nicky sought other work more suited to her abilities.
After as an adverb: SATs and Spag tests died on May 10th and were buried the day after.
After as a conjunction: Pearson sought other work after it had been sacked as educational provider.
THE BOOKSELLER : 9th May
MP’s campaign against Lancashire library closures
You Tube | Lancashire Headline News : 9th May
Campaigners disappointed at plans to close 29 Lancashire libraries
Lancashire Telegraph : 9th May
County Council boss accused of ‘dirty tricks’ after building closure plans announced
Rossendale Free Press : 9th May
Lancashire | REVEALED: Three Valley libraries set for axe and two saved under cuts plans
Champion Media : 9th May
Libraries under threat in West Lancashire are named
Weston Mercury : 9th May
North Somerset | Petition launched to keep library open
This Is Local London : 9th May
Enfield libraries closed for refurbishment in preparation to share space with local groups
Bridlington Free Press : 9th May
Council to join Bridlington libraries
Bridlington is to be left with just one library if a range of cost-cutting measures across the East Riding of Yorkshire are approved.
I spent lunchtime today at a Living Wage protest, staged by the PCS union outside the Triad building in Bootle, where HMRC, the Inland Revenue, is situated. Cleaners for the ISS company, contracted by HMRC, are just the latest group to face cuts to their hours as their employer tries to pass on the cost of George Osborne’s fake ‘Living Wage.’
The cleaners are paid the minimum wage and are campaigning to be paid £8.25 an hour, hardly a fortune for a company that had a turnover of £1.1billion and huge profits. The cleaners want occupational sick pay and holiday entitlements in line with directly employed HMRC staff. Finally, they are demanding increased hours for staff who want them and recruitment of more staff to reduce workload.
HMRC handed the contract to a private company, Mapeley, in 2001. Mapeley set up another firm, Salisbury, to handle the contract, which in turn subcontracts the work to the global firm ISS Facility Services. The intention is clearly to blur the lines of responsibility. ISS says it is bound by its contract, while the others claim they cannot intervene as they are not the direct employer.
All this time after the introduction of the minimum wage by the last Labour government, workers are still fighting for dignity and decent pay and conditions.
They call her Nicky Morgan
And once upon a startled look
Hit reverse gear and she’s gone ah
What’s her policy
I wonder how her U-turn feels.
Ba ba ba ba
Scoot round the back
What’s her policy
I wonder how her U-turn feels?
(With apologies to Paul Simon’s Baby Driver)