Letters - April 7, 2014

A TEACHER  is angry at a letter criticising them for strike action

A TEACHER is angry at a letter criticising them for strike action

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Teaching

Acidic comments are unwelcome

Dr Barry Clayton wrote a very barbed letter, supposedly to thank nurses for their hard work, before dedicating most of his words to castigating teachers for strike action (Your Say, April 4).

He said most teachers have an easy life, working six hours a day.

He needs to wake up and look at the real world.

As a primary school teacher, teaching different age groups most years, I have to have plans ready for every single lesson I teach, for at least three seperate ability groups. They need different work setting, different challenges to make sure they all progress. All of this work, in class or at home, needs marking and inputting into a school-wide system so we can see where pupils are and what achievements they are aiming for.

That’s for each lesson, of which we have several a day.

And for more than 30 children.

Pretty much none of these plans can be done in school time.

Then I have to deal with some parents who don’t even know my name as they never come to school, despite repeated attempts to get in 
touch with them.

Then there’s the children we worry about constantly, who obviously have issues at home, and who need intervention from other agencies including the police, Social Services and others. Children who are a danger to others, children who are vulnerable, children who need one-to-one help. They all need extra help and plans put in place to keep them safe.

Dr Clayton needs to realise that education has changed. We’re not just about teaching a couple of lessons and swanning off any more. We’re so much more than that to the children we look after.

The hours we put in are huge – yes, we get weeks of holiday, but yes, we also work up to 12 hours a day in a school week, and time at weekends too.

When a teacher runs a sport club on a Saturday or after school, it’s still work. They would probably be happier at home with their own family.

So spare us a thought Dr Clayton – and spare us any more of your acidic sweeping generalisations.

Blackpool teacher

Name and address supplied

Thanks

Collection is huge boost for RNLI

On behalf of the Friends of Blackpool Lifeboat Station, we would like to say a big thank you to management, staff and customers of Asda’s store on Cherry Tree Road for helping us raise £691.06 at a recent collection in the store.

Once again, thank you to everyone. It is greatly appreciated.

Christine Parry

Secretary, Friends of Blackpool Lifeboat Station

Trams

Wyre pensioners should travel free

Regarding the debate whether to stop free tram travel to non- Blackpool pensioners.

As a born and bred Blackpool commuter, I see no problem with allowing Wyre Borough pensioners to use our trams for free as the line does run through their back yard so to speak.

What I do have issue with is that all other pensioners from anywhere in the country have also been able to take advantage of this facility when as far as I am aware, nowhere else in the country which has a tram system 
allows non-residents to use 
its trams for free.

So I see nothing wrong in 
allowing Wyre pensioners only to share our transport.

If lost revenue is an issue then a part of the solution to offset some of the expense could be to stop all the free transport for ex-employees of Blackpool Transport and their partners ( who have never worked for the company).

All ex-employees and their spouses have enjoyed free travel at any time for years and years regardless of how short a time they worked for the company and however long ago.

This number must run into hundreds if not thousands over the years.

If Blackpool Transport need to bring in more revenue perhaps they could look at this undeserved perk for starters.

Sandgrown commuter

via email

Wildlife

Simple way to be rid of unwanted visitors

Spring is here, and that means wild animals will be searching out safe, warm, dry places to nest and raise their young.

Inevitably, this means that some will come a little closer to people than they might like. There is no need to panic and call in pest controllers. There are simple measures that can be taken to encourage unwanted guests to leave without harming them.

And it is best to do this as soon as they are seen to be taking an interest in attics or garages, rather than waiting until there are babies to evacuate, too.

Animal Aid has a series of free information sheets that give useful tips on deterring birds, squirrels, rodents and foxes.

You can order these from info@animalaid.org.uk or by calling (01732) 364546.

Kate Fowler

Animal Aid