School staff 'broken' by England's late Covid test plan
18/12/2020 | news | education | 4,025
Last minute plans for mass testing in England's secondary schools to be run by teachers anger staff.
Head teachers complaining about using their Christmas break to plan for the new term, a'int that a shame, NHS workers have given their all through out the year, teachers have had at least 5 months off on FULL PAY, done nothing, earn your stupid high salary for a change. and just shut up whining and don't forget you only work 195 days a year. Removed
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You clearly have no idea what is actually involved in being a teacher.
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18/12/2020 11:00:03 9 2
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You clearly don't understand what is involved in being a teacher.
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18/12/2020 11:00:21 14 2
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I can see you could do with some more time in school
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18/12/2020 11:03:00 12 2
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You have no idea.........my school taught live lessons throughout the last lockdown for those kids that wanted to not game for 5 months!
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18/12/2020 11:04:43 9 2
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You obviously don't know any teachers, if you did you'd know that they have been under immense pressure and what you are saying is utter garbage.
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18/12/2020 11:07:50 7 2
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Politics of envy - teachers have not had 5 months off. But if you believe it - how long have MPs had off??
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18/12/2020 11:08:28 5 3
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Ever considered *why* you're driving a HGV? :S
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18/12/2020 11:09:38 4 3
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Maybe hgtraveller has a point. If teachers were that good, how does it explain so many fatuous, witless, dim-witted, oblivious, illiterate, coarse, uncouth, boorish imbeciles like hgtraveller on these forums?
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18/12/2020 11:10:24 4 2
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You clearly know nothing about teaching or learning environments. Get a proper job or shut up !
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18/12/2020 11:11:40 7 2
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I'm not a teacher but it seems that you have forgotten that whilst schools were partially closed for a couple of months, they stayed open for children of essential workers such as NHS staff. So where you you get the 5 months off from - Daily Mail perhaps or did you see it on your phone?
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18/12/2020 11:15:32 5 3
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There is nothing new in any teacher using the Christmas, or any other holiday to plan for the new term. What really pisses them off though is when this pathetic excuse for a government ask them to do the seemingly impossible, which incidentally, because of their professionalism they will manage to do, and ill informed members of the public like you think they have it easy.
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18/12/2020 11:00:25 6 4
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Those who can - teach.

Those who can't - whinge on HYS.
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18/12/2020 10:53:28 19 26
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There are lots of fit people without work claiming benefits, why not recruit some of those to assist?
Because since Jeremy Kyle was axed they're really struggling to get out of bed before 2pm!

Then there's the food bank at 4pm (have to get dressed for that), before the off licence at 6pm to get fags and booze.

8pm pick up a twenty bag.

10pm order a Domino's.

Repeat 7 times a week.

If you're unfortunate enough to have a job interview, a tattoo on the face will keep the workshy, shy of work.
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18/12/2020 10:59:53 5 30
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Complete, uttter nonsense, there is no evidence that children contract or pass on Covid, so what on earth is the point of testing them ? When are the Brirish people going to take to streets and tell the Government to wake up to tyhe reality that Covid is here to stay, live with it idiots.
Actually there’s plenty of evidence that they do. They are just often asymptomatic. Ironic your use of the word idiot at the end there. Removed
Aww, looks like it will interrupt their Netflix schedule, and they might need to actually do some work, for a change. Removed
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18/12/2020 11:07:34 7 2
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If its such a cushy number, why aren't you a teacher?
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What a plum
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He likes to collect thumbs down because he never gets thumbs up. A basement dwelling troll.
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18/12/2020 10:57:36 11 66
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Teaching is still the Best paid part time job, 39 weeks of the year and short hour days, now being asked to carry out an additional duty for the well being of the majority.
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Shame you don't work in a unionized workplace Damien so your rights to all those things are protected.
Don't blame one of the few areas still protected for failings where _you_ work!
No teachers just think they are special, try working in the private sector then you'd know what working is. Everything teachers are asked to do is always unfair and too much. Setting the same work at home task every week for 5 months over the summer is really working hard. Removed
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18/12/2020 11:21:46 61 18
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Teachers are special, they are looking after our future.
Or trying to when this Government finally works out what it should be doing. (Any more U-turns to come I wonder?)
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18/12/2020 12:12:55 47 4
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If teachers have it so easy, why not join them? There's a shortage, so come and join up. See how long you last. No, teachers don't think they're special - they're not even allowed to think they're doing a good job because all the teacher bashers out there keep reminding them that they have it soooo easy! Please - try standing in front of 30 teenagers all day every day. Piece of cake!!
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18/12/2020 12:16:02 15 4
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Thankfully a teacher taught you to read Damien
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It takes a special person to be a teacher and one good teacher can change the life chances of a child from a poor home
18/12/2020 13:04:24 3 4
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BS.
18/12/2020 13:19:12 9 2
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Teaching used to be about 3R's. Now teachers have to potty train, teach kids how to hold a knife and fork, provide pastoral care, be on the look out for racist or homophobic behaviour or signs that someone is at risk of becoming radicalised, now being asked at very short notice to be medical workers to test for C19. I think they're quite entitled to feel a bit special.
18/12/2020 13:32:51 12 3
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Where else are adults asked to be in a situation where there are 30 individuals in a room with no social separation, no masks , no screens? This isn't easy and now the Government decide to put together a last minute plan for after the holidays. If you have children why don't you try home schooling - oh yes that happened and parents couldn't cope with their own kids!
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18/12/2020 11:15:49 42 4
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I am stuck in the middle of this trying to organise 2 different testing systems, local and national. The logistics are mind-boggling. You are looking at 4-500 staff and 2-3000 students being tested weekly, double that in the first week - and many having to be tested daily. This will all be managed and operated by school staff on top of their normal duties.
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you are very well named aren't you ?
18/12/2020 13:38:52 1 1
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What's your job?
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36 years Military, many times flexible and responsive, patient and tolerant. But this is incompetence. Competence would have seen a set of plans for different scenarios worked through, ready to select then launch - Oven Ready. Competence would have identified the "latest time to launch". Reminds me of very young kids playing football all chasing the ball randomly. Appalling incompetence
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Probably more like 36 years of being asked to do things without the correct equipment. Or trying to shut the door after the horse has bolted I expect.
This Government is certainly 'world beating' at U-turns, and last minute decision making.
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18/12/2020 12:41:17 1 1
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Mothered like all the tories by their nannies - maybe their nannies should running things.
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18/12/2020 11:12:48 53 5
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This pandemic has been going on for a year now. Yes it was new. Why oh why did they talk down face masks months ago to make their use mandatory now. Why oh why did they send Uni Students & School kids back to Petrie dish environments like lab rats. Fast moving. This Government only have to move fast to cover their tracks and paper over the gaps.
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18/12/2020 11:34:02 1 3
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btw you need to change your argument. You seem to be repeating yourself a lot.
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18/12/2020 11:10:35 3 10
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more whingeing from the teachers, or the left-wing ones at any rate. My niece quit being a maths teacher because she was bullied in the staff room on account of saying she voted Tory. How difficult can this really be? It's what the private sector deals with all the time, disruption and having to deal with it.
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18/12/2020 10:58:14 1119 137
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Wouldn’t it have made so much more sense for the Government to close schools two weeks early, use that time to set this up and ensure kids had had plenty of time not mixing with hundreds of other people prior to packing them off to visit elderly residents?
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Has there ever been a more incompetent Government than Johnsons Crew.
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If it takes so little to "break" our head teachers, then we need new head teachers.
Or maybe it's just more poor sensationalist "reporting" for the BBC.
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18/12/2020 11:01:05 509 46
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No consultation/last minute notice/details. Expectation of school staff to again cover for government poor planning.This is not about working during holidays, this is trying to manage sudden changes at the drop of a hat and when schools are closed. Joke. No doubt there will be those seeking to teacher bash here. Schools will do this and as always manage it well. But they shouldn't have to
Shut up you leftie fool, if it was up to people like you nothing would get done. I guarantee you voted for Corbyn and Remain 100% ?? Removed
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18/12/2020 12:14:26 17 10
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Nasty comment. Must be a Tory.
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18/12/2020 11:52:08 2 1
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I was with you until ...."These super-spreader student locusts"

They are normal children.
Don't be a snowflake mate - students gathered en-masse are like a plague of locusts and are therefore quite obviously super-spreaders as the numbers are showing... get yourself into the classroom and let's see how over-sensitive you are about it then... Removed
18/12/2020 12:41:29 0 1
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Children have youth and inexperience to 'excuse' their ignorance and over-exuberance. What's your excuse for being a penile cranium? BTW if you teach, then you are clearly not suited to it and should join the ranks of real vocational employment.
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18/12/2020 11:44:00 10 3
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Another Government covid disaster. Williamson should be sacked.

Get a backbone and go on strike teachers!

These super-spreader student locusts should be learning ONLINE at home until the virus is in decline! It's that simple. Govt should subsidise any child care needed and teachers should be working from home in safety.

Don't like it? Then YOU go teach them in the schools. No? Thought not...
Strike? Go on then. Fool of the lost generation no doubt. You deserve everything that befalls you cretin. Removed
Ex-military 36 years being told what to do and mothered all the way!! Save it. Removed
Get a job. Removed
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18/12/2020 12:03:18 5 6
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As the saying goes “Those that can’t do teach”

If teachers had been in charge of the supermarkets then we would have starved !!!
Not a saying but the ramblings of an alcoholic, teachers been going in since the start, open your eyes. Removed
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18/12/2020 12:14:59 1 1
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Fail.
18/12/2020 13:56:16 0 0
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Oh god no, is she involved in this somehow?
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18/12/2020 11:19:41 291 20
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I don't understand why Gavin hasn't already been fired.

He is a truly incompetent lightweight.
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18/12/2020 12:14:00 3 11
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Teachers are broken ha it’s about time they did some hard work! It’s about time they pitched in and helped out just like our health care and community care workers, shop keepers and everyone else is.

It amuses me how teachers always feel hard done by yet they are the sector that have always had it so good. Well time to wake up folks!!
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18/12/2020 11:07:08 36 96
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Every labour government ever.....
Fascist bastard! Removed
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18/12/2020 12:14:37 6 8
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When the country needs to work together its nice to see the teachers complaining on full pay because they have been asked to help out
No change there then
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18/12/2020 11:44:31 15 4
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The only PM who was anywhere near Johnson for being totally incompetent was Ted Heath, who caused the miners to go on strike, which resulted in blackouts throughout the UK. Heath refused to meet the miner's demands in every way possible, which resulted in him getting a vote of no confidence.

It is quite obvious that Johnson will be facing the same situation, hopefully at the beginning of 2021.
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Yes
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18/12/2020 12:27:50 5 5
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What's all the fuss about! Put a few tables up with tests on and test them as they go in.Is that too much to ask for Jeez.Anyone would think they'd been asked to go to war.Get a grip Teachers we all have to break from routine occasionally.
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No, preferably finger.
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18/12/2020 12:33:12 6 14
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I didnt hear them complaining when they had the 4mth or so off on full pay earlier in the year so this is what they teach kids now how to be greedy and lazy they can just send them to the nhs to learn that
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Such as?? Which gov has killed 0000s thru it’s incompetence in a peacetime civil crisis?? The blind support for Johnson is primarily the same subspecies who refuse to criticise anything he does on Brexshit. Removed
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Get ready for Brexit shambles it will dwarf this Removed
18/12/2020 13:01:49 0 0
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oh give it a rest.
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This has to be one of the, if not the worst Government ever. Chancers, Toffs and Spivs, utterly useless, thieving, contemptuous scum with posh voices Removed
One teacher is 'Broken' because there is a change of plan. Grief what chance do Children have with snowflake teachers that the BBC constantly put on a pedestal. 'Broken' for heavens sake … good job its nothing really serious.

The BBC coverage of education and schools during this pandemic has been constantly one sided and never impartial. Same old …
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18/12/2020 13:23:35 3 2
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What you mean is “The BBC coverage of education and schools during this pandemic doesn’t match my ignorant and vitriolic opinion of teachers as I’ve failed at life and it’s easier to blame teachers than accept the reality that I’m a w**ker”. You are welcome.
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18/12/2020 12:46:55 2 5
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OK whingefest teachers, all pupils come back on 4 Jan with no testing. Maybe get a mask that protects you instead of a Chinese fake out of a doctors and nurses game kit.

The kids will probably all have had it and got over it by then anyway.

Happy now ?
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18/12/2020 13:14:34 11 14
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Militant teachers are a right old complaining bunch, them and their lovely unions.

Play politics with people lives at the moment all for the purpose of being "outraged" and "staggered", lovely PC words aimed at convincing people they're saints and the nasty old government are sinners.

Unions are a bunch of lefty thugs, a thing of the past and should remain so and better still "silent".
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18/12/2020 13:17:39 4 10
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Let's hope all teachers go on strike. As a fellow public worker I and my colleagues are fully behind you. Lets hit the Tories where it hurts.
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18/12/2020 13:17:31 7 9
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One day we're all going to need heart support, that will be when a Unions takes a can do attitude, as opposed to the constant negativity we always get, especially from the teachers Union. So, hand it to Private Companies, and the Union rhetoric will still not change. Negative, negative, negative !!!
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18/12/2020 12:30:54 13 33
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This is the problem with COVID, certain classes of society are hapless, and in general a blight to out country in every way. Eat too much, barley exercise. Spend benefits on drink so they have to use a foodbank, do not want to do a decent day's work. Labour wins their votes, but only encourages their victim attitude.
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18/12/2020 13:35:26 31 5
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I realise the UK has always had a minority who think teachers do nothing for 13 weeks of the year and whose job it is to put right the wrongs instilled in some children by a lack of guidance at home. However, the sheer level of ignorant posts on here is shocking.
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18/12/2020 13:39:43 6 16
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Those who CAN DO Those who can't teach.
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18/12/2020 13:46:20 5 1
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Yawn. By the way, your user name is offensive. Troll.
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18/12/2020 13:42:14 5 16
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Imagine if our soldiers in the second world war had moaned about 'not getting enough notice'.

We'd all be speaking German now.

Come on teachers, show us what you're made of.

Stop creating a nation of kids that 'Can't Do'.

Set an example.
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18/12/2020 13:38:14 8 14
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Hell have no fury like a teacher asked do some work during the 13 weeks that they are fully paid but not in classrooms.
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18/12/2020 13:11:02 7 10
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Sadly the UK has a depressing record of a certain minority, (usually right wing), hating the teaching profession. It appear have it's core in the 'holidays'
Their narrative never changes and it rarely has any actual factual basis, just venom spat out from their ruddy, gurning faces. Of course few if any would do the job and even fewer would be capable or possess the skills set it degree(s) needed
Just stop whingeing and blaming everyone else incl the private sector ffs!?? and you just might find more folk respect; carry on with your left wing can’t do wont do attitude and you reap what you sew Removed
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18/12/2020 14:03:33 3 9
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thank god boris has resisted the pressure to close schools early, that would have been another disaster for the economy, though i guess a lot of people would have liked a longer break
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18/12/2020 14:04:03 2 11
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I work in ICT and at fairly short notice had to get a new telephony contact centre up and running. I just did it without compliant because these are strange times and we need a can do attitude. Too many teachers and others on the left have just whinged there way through this. It's tough, but it needs to be done so get on with it and stop moaning. Plenty of time to rest in the summer.
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typo ....meant complaint I suspect. Keep up.
18/12/2020 14:05:31 6 3
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The Government talk about people using common sense when they havent got any themselves
I used to have a Maths teacher called Mrs Whinge....her name would certainly be appropriate for her profession right now!! Removed
18/12/2020 14:10:01 12 5
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I'm sure it will be easy enough if the government give the schools the same sums of money they gave their mates to run test and trace systems or to supply PPE.
I used to have a Maths teacher called Mrs Whinge....her name would certainly be appropriate for her profession right now!! Removed
18/12/2020 14:10:06 6 0
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So you set this up without compliance. I would not be proud of that. Most teachers left wing? Your evidence for this? The other thing I assume you were qualified to set up a call centre. Are teacher qualified to do medical procedures?
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Teachers whinging. Asked for schools to be closed, did they not plan for remote lessons if that route taken or did they expect an extended holiday. Staggered return! senior schools often do that in September.Good idea to have testing before they return. Maybe staff should come in early for their tests, put the children first like NHS and Social Care staff put patients first, just an idea.
18/12/2020 14:25:28 1 4
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one is called PlipPlop2 i hear!
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IT WOULD SEEM THAT THESE COTTON WOOL TEACHERS ,,ARE NOT ABLE TO ORGANISE A SIMPLE THING?? SURLY THEY NEED TO LINE THEM UP DO THE TEST ABOUT 3 MINUTES EACH,, PARENTS COULD BE SENT ON LINE FORMS FOR ACCEPTANCE,, ANY REFUSING !!THE KIDS STAY HOME,,YES 1/2 DAYS MIGHT BE LOST.ON 2 OCCASIONS.. SEEMS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY??
18/12/2020 14:32:29 8 2
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How typical of this bumbling, shambolic government. I've voted Tory all my life and I'm 73 years old. I wouldn't vote this lot in as ink monitors, back when these were essential to run primary school classes - or at least, that's what they were told!
18/12/2020 14:43:02 6 6
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Teachers should take a step back and have a hard look at themselves, none of them have lost a job, they had 4 months off on 100% pay their pensions are protected, they retire early, they work 6 hour days.
Perhaps they should spend a couple of months in the real world and then see how hard done by they are.
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18/12/2020 12:31:05 1 14
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I would save your breath.....too many lefties/socialists on here today.
Too many communists, vegans, tall people, sterotyping clowns, McCarthyists, people called Henrietta, and the usual crew people that dismiss anything they disagree with by using a beseless, ad hominem label.

"Too many cultists / fascists / alt-rights / 1900s dwellers / Alf Garnetts" is the correct reply to your post. But that wouldn't add much to the debate.
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18/12/2020 15:18:14 4 3
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Mr Uttley is right. It is like Dad's Army. The problem is that it's not funny!

This government's response and planning has been (and is) an utter shambles.
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18/12/2020 15:31:51 7 12
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disagree, in the private sector people have proper jobs with only 4/5 wks holiday vs 13 wks for teachers - the private sector just get on with it but hey ho the teachers want to shut school for a week if they see one cockroach in class.
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I don't normally post on here, but I have this afternoon. I am not a teacher, but my wife is. She is still at school and will not be home until after 6pm. I am able to WFH doing a 'proper job' but it is no where near as hard as the proper job my wife does.
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We shouldn't give teachers a pay rise for the next 3 years as they did fluck all this year..infact deduct 50% of their pay to make up for their laziness... Removed
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18/12/2020 15:51:01 1 0
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Teachers haven't had a proper pay rise for ages - pay is 15% lower than it was a decade ago due to all the pay freezes and inflation. Please pay attention.
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And it's all lies.
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...because teachers etc have BEEN WORKING !!!
18/12/2020 16:13:10 0 0
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You've made your point many times, MF. It's wrong, but you keep making it. My wife is a teacher and is definitely not a 'skiver'. She worked all through the first lockdown, either at school or online and spends most of her 'holiday' marking work, planning lessons or one of a hundred different tasks. I would urge you to have a thought for the hard-working teachers before posting your bile.
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18/12/2020 15:38:59 1 9
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For the record if anyone of the teachers and their chums think i'm uneducated let me tell you think- I am actually a qualified teacher, these are my credentials BA(hons) 1st class Oxford, PGCE, ACA,MBA. so I speak with authority and awareness
Which college? Oh a chartered account really. You may think you speak with authority, but sometimes it may be better to say nothing or you may confirm the suspicion you are an idiot. Oh and shame about the punctuation errors especially as you are a qualified teacher. Shame. (PS you are lying) Removed
18/12/2020 12:37:13 10 26
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The difference between Teachers and many other people is that they know they will have a job in the New Year. There are many who would happily work unpaid over Christmas for that certainty
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18/12/2020 15:47:10 3 5
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where are the teachers on here as I want to give them a piece of my mind?
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Grow up
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Yes their are many vacancies for teachers why don't you apply.
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18/12/2020 15:42:51 4 0
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But did they ever let you teach? I hope not.
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18/12/2020 16:15:53 4 0
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You really have little idea about what goes on in schools.
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Oh no, from your last comment you may be a parent.
18/12/2020 16:24:35 3 0
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@MF is an ignorant and illiterate troll everyone - but I'm sure you don't need telling that.
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Dobn't you realise that the government (the Gove along with the Cummings) told teachers what to teach but hey, don't let that get in the way of your uneducated misinformed prejudice. By the way, has your school broken up yet? An all because you didn't get a good part in the Year 2 play.
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your english is very poor thanks to the teaching establishment - try attending one of those english lessons given to immigrants, it will serve you well
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English? Not english.
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Perfectly clear do you struggle with big words (more than three letters) ?
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Teachers are the laziest people on the planet, period.

Fixed that for you.
18/12/2020 16:37:07 1 1
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Stupidity in eight words
18/12/2020 16:39:54 0 1
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You still can't get the English right. Did you get those qualifications from the internet?
18/12/2020 16:40:09 2 0
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I realise that the Covid-19 crisis has slowed up a lot of treatments, but hopefully your appointment with the psychiatrist will be coming round very soon.
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Estate agent evidently.
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I see you're too lazy to type three required letters, MF.
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Weren't you one........?
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Tragic, they might have to do some work now....
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Teachers under duress...is this some kind of joke? since when have teachers felt stress as they have been on a jolly all year?
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Firstly, teachers have been providing testing for their kids twice daily here in Portugal for months now. There is no "special training", just point and shoot an infra red thermometer. Secondly, why is it always too much to ask teachers to do anything? It seems to me they spend half their time on holiday, "training" or complaining. Its' a national crisis for goodness sake
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Is there any more bone idle profession than teaching? They spent 6 months on full pay, sending online links, then got the biggest pay rise, the free day off, and they still whine on... 90% of teachers have never had a job in private industry, and know no different.. I worked in numerous schools and experienced their stinking militant attitude first hand.
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18/12/2020 17:43:01 10 9
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It's always the teachers moaning, there are loads of professions that have been hit hard that just get on with it but the only ones always complaining are teachers when loads have had most the year off paid!!
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18/12/2020 17:42:11 9 3
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I'd like to ask honestly: what is time consuming about these tests?

It should be possible to swab one pupil every 60 seconds, with groups of them lining up in the school hall, 2m distance. Place swab on test, hand pupil the test, tell them to wait 20 mins in the corner, keep 2m apart.

If positive, call parents and send home.

60 per hour, 300 in 5 hours. That's a fair portion in a single day.
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All these complaints about teachers getting paid loads, long holidays, pensions, finishing early.

Instead of putting your efforts in to moaning about it why don't you become a teacher?

You'd be a fool not to. Are you a fool? No. Then become a teacher and reap the benefits.

If you don't you must be thick, lazy or both.
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18/12/2020 18:37:19 0 0
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Onviously because schooling is an appauling way to try to do education. Lots is taught without going near such a stupid arrangement. That schooling enviroment and system is what drives so many away once started.
18/12/2020 18:40:03 0 0
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I graduated in 1990, in a mini recession. Ended up doing a year of temping agency work , including sleeping in the back of a HGV delivering fitted bedrooms -in winter. Even then I refused to contemplate a PGCE and a teaching career as too much stress and hard work.
18/12/2020 17:52:15 8 3
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"Broken"?!? By what, exactly? This silly posturing is amplified by the BBC to make a headline - sadly, many readers are buying this nonsense.
Teachers and Heads have craved mass testing for months.
Most realise that all is in flux and that they will have to lean in and help.
Admin. staff, auxiliaries, agency support, cleaners and army personnel will do their bit - it's straightforward...and vital.
What part don’t you get? Between self isolation and creating lessons for those in school and those home etc you are now told your Xmas break is cancelled to sort this out whilst Boris and Gavin get wasted and have a break and laugh at those working hard to try and sort their mess out!! IDIOT Removed
18/12/2020 18:16:53 4 7
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Gavin Williamson using his fireplace salesman experience to help the country out, dont go too hard on him he never got to attend Eton College still learning the ropes.
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18/12/2020 18:12:01 11 9
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Here here, we all know teachers who tossed it off for 12 weeks.
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18/12/2020 18:04:16 9 9
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Britain is broken by Bozo.

You've got to feel for teachers though, or anyone working in the public sector. I'm sure many of us can relate to having had bad bosses, but imagine having Gavin Williamson, Nick Gibb and ultimately chief clown Bozo, telling you what to do ????
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18/12/2020 19:00:26 0 1
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The “truth” or light may come from any lantern!?
18/12/2020 19:09:49 0 0
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But it’s fun to poke them...
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18/12/2020 18:54:21 6 8
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It seems that the real objection is that the teachers have to give up a day or two of their holiday to organise something that hopefully will help children's education for the following six months. It seems that this broken teachers. Really?
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18/12/2020 19:01:58 2 3
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Another embarrassing grammar pedant, probably a teacher, sulking because they have to do a bit. Get a grip.
18/12/2020 18:49:21 2 2
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Teachers have it easy, during the first lockdown they didn't do much at all, and I know a few, they spent every day sat in the garden having BBQs etc.
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18/12/2020 18:51:05 0 0
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You think their replacements would be any better?
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18/12/2020 18:41:12 5 0
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School leaders and are teachers under immense pressure as a result of Covid, no doubt about it. But Auntie's pull quote of one emotive word, "broken", from one headteacher is scandalous.

Just like "Christmas post delays blamed on high demand". Why blame? There is no blame; the delays are DUE to high demand, as if we need to be told - you know, Xmas during a global pandemic.

Lamentable.
18/12/2020 19:01:12 11 2
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Well, having checked my diary it seems I've had no time off as a teacher this past year. In fact, I've gone into school on some additional days to ensure continuity of education for exam groups, so that's your little claim quashed. It's easy to peddle nonsense when you only listen to what others report, isn't it? Ever thought they might not have a grasp of the truth either?
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18/12/2020 19:21:10 11 5
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The problem with this country is too many people are spouting in utter ignorance. How many if you teacher-bashers on here know anything about working an 80hour week?? Huh? Half of new teachers leave within 5 years. Fact. That’s because it’s so so so cushy. You should be thanking teachers but not you lot coz you’re one horrible lot
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18/12/2020 20:03:52 6 0
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ignorant populist Waffle.
18/12/2020 20:12:59 1 0
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Of course. I'm usually right.
18/12/2020 20:46:58 8 14
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There is no shame, by the way, in coming on here and moaning if you’re a teacher. It’s a perfectly normal thing for you to do. After all, you all have such tough jobs - 9 til 5 and only four months holiday a year with a generous pension. It’s understandable.
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18/12/2020 17:08:22 0 0
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And where is the foresight and planning from schools? They wanted testing back in September. Why did they wait to be reactive to government blessing to start their planning - why were they not proactive as well?
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18/12/2020 21:41:14 5 7
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The people down voting this will be teachers.
18/12/2020 21:51:19 6 6
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As a teacher I grade this government as unsatisfactory. Absolute morons lead by a buffoon. This plan has all the makings of being written on the back of a cigarette packet.
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18/12/2020 22:08:33 8 9
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they have had most of the year off with pay but now they dont want to earn their keep shame on them
18/12/2020 21:56:56 2 8
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Wont be long, just another few weeks & a State of Emergency will be imposed. All alternative media will be shut down & the planned fascist takeover begins.
Well done BBC.
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18/12/2020 22:54:55 1 1
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Been at the Sherry?
18/12/2020 22:53:14 2 2
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Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

We need democracy. Now.
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18/12/2020 23:20:27 4 11
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Whinging teachers. They are just jealous other public sector colleagues (nhs) are held in higher esteem. The army are asked one time to be fireman and another medics they do so with no argument. Maybe because they are not unionised?
18/12/2020 23:20:04 3 2
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What a load of sh... This story is about teaching representatives moaning about helping the country move forwards. Your incessant “Torybot” nonsense marks you out as irrelevant and missing the point. If you’re happy that this stance does you proud then you are lost. Just keep blaming Boris and you won’t have to face your own challenges.
19/12/2020 00:56:59 7 0
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The only people peddling rubbish are the Torybots.
The constant negativity comes from the Torybots.
The constant pinning of blame on other people comes from the Torybots.
Show us how it's done: MAN UP and enlist.
£3,000 to a forged farthing you wouldn't last half a term.
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Sad... My ability to teach is irrelevant. You are locked in a miserable world of under achievement. Removed
19/12/2020 09:14:01 0 1
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A vocation??? Really.
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18/12/2020 11:42:18 42 158
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No has has not. T&Tis working by the way and any failures are down to those not wanting to be traced.
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19/12/2020 13:16:23 1 3
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Both heavily overpaid. It is not the government encouraging 'bashing' teachers, it is the public. They all only need pay freezes as the governments are too soft to cut them hard in one go. Hence it needs freezing for decades.
19/12/2020 08:27:15 2 10
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Broken, Really? How do they think NHS staff feel? Nurses on the frontline have worked all the way through the pandemic, no six weeks off in the summer, no numerous half term breaks, many working through weekends and nights. Medical staff have nursed people through to their last breath, in Covid wards, then going home to their families.
Nursing is a vocation, is teachers? Broken!
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