Leicester head teacher asks retired teachers to work for free

The BBC reports that a head teacher has asked retired staff to come in and work for free because the primary school cannot afford to pay for teaching assistants.

Martin Turnham, head of Desford Community Primary School in Leicester, said he had lost about 30% of his teaching assistants since early summer. He said he was worried that it would have an impact on his pupils.

The Department for Education said a new funding formula would provide higher funding per pupil in every local area.

Mr Turnham said the school, rated as good by Ofsted, would be unable to offer as much support to its 360 pupils, leading to a “detrimental impact” on their education.

“We’re going to be looking for members of our community that are either ex-teachers, have teaching experience, [or] are qualified and capable people that are able to come in and help replace the capacity that we have lost – for free.”

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said similar stresses on finances were being felt by schools across England, and with most of their funding going on salaries, cutting staff was frequently seen as a solution to reducing costs.

“It’s really not good enough, and we will be calling very, very strongly, along with other teaching unions, on the government to prioritise education, which ought to be one of the most significant things we as a society are doing.”

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  1. Anonymous

    It’s an easy problem to solve. Write to the DfE and their department of platitudes will write back saying there is no problem because the government has put squillions of pounds into securing teacher recruitment. See … easy … one simple letter and the problem vanishes!

  2. I’m a retired teacher. I was a professional who loved his job but the clue is in the word professional. I’m only too happy to share my years of knowledge and experience on an informal level but could never do it as a subordinate to someone i am equal to. Does that make sense? Does anything make sense?

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