Cash strapped Conservative Council announce plans to spend £150,000 on educational consultants!

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As reported in the Peterborough Telegraph recently, Tories at the Town Hall, have decided to pay education specialists £150,000 “..to help improve primary school results.”

These “experts” are from an organisation called Success for All, which is based in Cathedral Square, and apparently they’ll be helping the five most under performing schools in the city.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Peterborough came second last in the recent SATS results.

My thoughts are ……

Do we not already have hundreds of educational experts in the city?

I mean, teachers, ex-teachers, educational officers at the Town Hall and ……. not forgetting Tory boy, Cllr John Holdich, who’s job title is Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Education, Skills, and University, and Communications – a role that entitles him to collect an additional allowance (on top of his basic salary) of £20,761.04 a year!

Also, why do we not have a FREE, easy to use central communications portal for local teachers, governors, councillors, council officers etc to be part of?

Why not simply create a secure Facebook group?

Don’t forget….!

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions, so please do feel free to post a comment below!

City Council should NOT use immigration as a reason for poor primary school results!

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A recent article in the Peterborough Telegraph, reported that a recipient of a ‘Literacy Hero’ award by the National Literacy Trust, Richard O’Neill, had said the “…council should not use high levels of immigration as a reason for it having the second worst results from pupils leaving primary school.”

His comments came in response to Peterborough’s terrible SATS results.

My thoughts are ……

I myself have no doubt that senior Tory councillors, and some well paid officers at the Town Hall, use the issue of immigration as an excuse for a whole range of things.

  • If it’s to do with a lack of housing, it’s not their failure to build homes or the fact they sold off the council houses, it’s the fault of the immigrants!
  • If it’s to do with a lack of school places, it’s nothing to do with the Tories closing down schools like Bretton Woods etc it’s the fault of the immigrants!
  • If it’s to do with a lack of decent jobs in our city, it’s not the Tories failure to attract decent employers, it’s the fault of the immigrants!

Given the Tories have been running the City Council since the year 2000, I think local people are starting to realise that they have failed to do the job required of them!

Also, for the record, I have seen first hand, via official Council committee reports, that immigration has in fact improved the standards of mathematics in our city.

But you’ll never see a press release from the Tory controlled City Council on this type of thing!

Don’t forget….!

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions, so please do feel free to post a comment below!