'True cost' of savings at John Leggott College in Scunthorpe
HAVING left John Leggott College last July, I can say the true cost of these "savings" at the college are an unsatisfied staff with significant wage cuts for them and a never-ending threat of redundancy.
The teaching staff at Leggott are second-to-none. I could not have left for University of Edinburgh last year without their on-going support and expertise, even their on-going humanity and ability to laugh in the face of burgeoning workloads and expectations (expectations that I thought were often highly unrealistic).
I think a focus has been placed solely on Ofsted reports rather than the education of the students meaning lessons would be swapped around so the boxes could be ticked, whether that helped the students or not.
There was also a worrying number of these superb teachers that were susceptible to illness and stress due to their work rates.
What worried me was in September 2011, a number of new members of non-teaching staff were brought in to seemingly help the students.
How were these people employed in the face of growing redundancies?
I'm simply worried an emphasis on Ofsted will ultimately not actually help or improve the college which has to be considered as a true asset to North Lincolnshire let alone Scunthorpe. - Rachael Bowes, Ulceby (currently Edinburgh)