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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 January 2021

Teachers: On the front line, in their own words

School workers can't trust the Tories, photo woodleywonderworks/CC

School workers can't trust the Tories, photo woodleywonderworks/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Illness in pupil and teacher homes

I've been working from home this lockdown, looking after the virtual classrooms. Some of our pupils struggle to access the work from home, as their parents need to work too. And some have a lot of illness in their homes.

At school, we have a lot of children coming in - much more than the first lockdown. We had a serious and significant outbreak in the school before Christmas, and the school was on its knees.

Many school staff are still off work recovering, and some have lost multiple family members. Despite all this, meaningful social distancing in the school is still not possible, and the staff are still not required to wear masks.

East London primary teacher

Academies still don't care about safety

Working through all of this is like trying to brush our teeth while eating a bag of Wotsits. The continued changes to guidance mean no-one knows which way they're going, particularly with regards to the online stuff that's completely new to us all. But Ofsted deem themselves to be expert enough to begin inspections in the area.

Personal experiences are the usual from previous lockdowns. The academy trust appears to be more concerned about seeing staff in the building to see where their money is being spent, rather than actual safety.

There's no consideration of mental health and wellbeing of staff, with a list of moderations and scrutinies planned. Bubbles are only 'important' on an 'as and when it suits' basis.

Staff are spoken down to about social distancing, yet it's okay for a 'school improvements officer' to spread between two schools and then break the bubbles of an entire corridor.

In a word: shambles. In a less polite word: clusterfuck

Yorkshire primary NEU rep

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In The Socialist 20 January 2021:


News

Make the super-rich pay, not the poorest

Bosses profit out of 'starvation' food parcels

Teachers: On the front line, in their own words

Peace and Justice Project - no way forward for socialism

Millionaire tendency regains control of Scottish Labour

News in Brief


Covid-19

The Tory blame game: scapegoating the working class - 100% pay for all now

Covid: Bosses chase profit and put workers in danger

Vaccine confidence - a worker's response

Life in lockdown - being home from school when you're poor is hard


NHS

On the NHS front line


Black Lives Matter

Justice for Mohamud Hassan!

Police use Covid laws to intimidate BLM protesters

New Cross Gate fire 40 years ago


International News

USA in crisis - the need for a socialist alternative

Trump Twitter ban: only independent workers' voice can defeat right


Workplace

PCS Broad Left Network conference

Rolls-Royce Barnoldswick factory future secured following strike action

Morrisons - £10/hr headline hides divisive pay offer

A day in the life of an agency worker

British Gas strike continues


Students

Refund student rent and fees

Plymouth rent strike continues

Scrap fees, refund rents and pay a living grant


Campaigns

London's May elections: Tories and Labour's Khan both vying to slash public services

Socialist Party national women's meeting

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Christmas Crossword Competition


Readers' Opinion

Books that inspired me: The Road to Wigan Pier


Obituary

Obituary - Jeff Edwards


 

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