Toxic tough talk is still killing us and needs to stop.

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Toxic tough talk is still killing us and needs to stop.

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Although I’m an optimistic by nature and see lots of wonderful things happening in our system, this is something that still bothers me…. so I’m going to off-load about it.

I remember hosting a Headteachers’ event at my school – when I had one – when a well-informed policy thinktank person laid out some home truths for us.  (No names because I can’t remember if it was meant for public consumption….). Here’s what we were told:

  • Politicians are motivated by getting elected… therefore they are motivated to do things and say things they think will deliver their re-election; this is hard-wired to be short-term given our electoral cycle.
  • In public opinion terms, it pays not to appear soft on schools or teachers.  There are no votes there.  It pays to talk tough to teachers.
  • Teachers are a minority voice versus parents – so if parents say they want things that…

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