Thrift will not be tolerated

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/article6979055.ece

It’s this kind of thing that makes me doubt my faith that things will get better. 

You would think that schools would be patted on the head and told “Thanks, we’re in a recession and the last thing we need is spiralling costs in the education budget, or being forced to make cuts arbitrarily.   Thank you for actively looking for ways to make savings throughout your school and making it work more efficiently.  Your an example worth emulating”.

Oh no.  Not in the crazy world of lefty thinking.  If you spend to the hilt and need to pass the bill onto the taxpayer, that’s fine.  But manage your money responsibly, build reserves for either future projects or simply future overspends, and your an enemy of the people. 

These funds can be managed like others to provide an additional revenue stream that can support future generations of children.  Of course, this would give schools and headteachers a level of indpendance no right thinking bureaucrat could bear.

Providing the Tories have the balls to keep their word on the only long term policy they’ve had, looking to copy the Swedish-style system, this franky retarded thinking should become redundant in future.

But who actually trusts Cameron to follow through on his promises?  Off the top of my head I can think of 2 u-turns (EU, marriage tax breaks) and that’s only because he’s so vague usually that you can’t pin something on the slippery fucker.

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8 Responses to “Thrift will not be tolerated”

  1. But one of those head teachers had £3 million surplus, though the rest of the article is valid, you can see why the council would be concerned.

    • Not really. If a school wants to save that money in case the government has to make cut backs down the line, it has it. If it wants to save up for a new building, it can do. And it is doing it without having to stick out the begging bowl.

  2. Obviously encouraging schools to make savings is sound advice. If they are saving for a new building or a specific purpose I can’t imagine a council having problems with this. The issue here is proportionality, if a school has a residue of monies with no specific plans for it, whilst others go with a stark lack of resources. Is it not common sense to distribute the excess funds accordingly? This would obviously benefit society as a whole by reducing the amount of badly educated children (due to lack of resources/teachers) and evidently poorly skilled adults, draining our benefits system.

    It is the government’s responsibility to give every child the best possible start in life, schools should be rewarded for managing their finances well and thanked for helping the education system as a whole as well as their individual school.

    If the government has to make cut backs in the future, making the most of all funds throughout the education system would be more important than ever.

    • If a school makes significant savings only for them to be pillaged by a nearby school, what incentive is there to save?

      If saving like this results in such actions, the schools will go back to spending to the last penny and asking for more. A pat on the back hardly makes up for seeing your own funds being diverted to others. We have to face reality that people act in a self-interested manner, if they didn’t the Soviet Union would have been a shining beacon of success rather than a murderous hell hole where altruism was enforced down the barrel of a gun. What we can do is work with self-interest by creating a framework for self-interested actions create positive results, eg. good work from teachers (raised results, reduced costs without hitting education) is supported and encouraged to continue, rather than effectively slapped down.

      Failing schools are really a seperate issue. The level of cash investment in schools has increased significantly over the last decade but results haven’t, so the problem isn’t money (in general, there are always exceptions). Where they are failing we need to analyse the school on a case by case basis to identify the causes (unruly student culture, poor teaching method, lack of attention to core skills hitting all subjects etc). This is difficult though because there are issues with the teaching unions, faddish teaching methods and the national curriculum forcing a straight jacket on teachers in terms of both over examining the children and spreading resources to too many subjects. In the latter case some kids could frankly do with dropping all subjects beyond English and maths, the reading ability in this country is frankly shocking. In fact, every child could do with greater focus on the basic reading, writing and arithmethic, as these core skills improve all other areas.

      • perhaps letting teachers actually teach would help, rather than them having to become accountants for a pay rise.

      • Depending on what you mean by that, I might agree with you. However, there is nothing wrong with teachers being careful with the resources other people provide.

        Remember, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. If a school is being so wasteful that it requires more money, that money has to come from somewhere. Other services, additional taxes, increased borrowing etc, but someone will pay for it.

  3. I dont know if anyone else picked up on the fact that the schools which have the extra funds are all from wealthier areas, where donoations from parents are going to be more likely and children will also be able to buy their own resources, books etc.

    • So these schools should be punished because they recieve more charitable donations? In that case, why would a school seek charitable donations if it is only going to be taken from them in another part of their budget? What would be the point? Besides, those schools from wealthier areas are still state schools, rather than private, so I can’t see them raising such vast amounts of cash through donations alone (though I could be wrong).

      Instead of punishing the succesful schools, perhaps the underperforming (economically) should seek to emulate the other’s methods where possible.

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