A fellow teacher who also teaches in the UK has very kindly included this site under her list of “favourite blogs”. If you think I’m making a lot of the stuff up, please do pay her a visit by clicking here.
Under the posting titled “My 2001 threshold application” – it’s about a third of the way down, she has managed to compare, with razor-sharp accuracy, the so-called educational standards expected of us by the Government, with what actually happens in our schools.
If you are a teacher, you will be either crying into your coffee or shaking with laughter (I did the latter).
Some guidance for those who are not in the profession:
DFES: Department for Education and Skills
INSET: In-house training days
Estelle Morris was the Secretary of State for Education in 2001.
The Threshold is the level we need to pass through, in order to migrate from a lower pay scale to a higher one.