Friday, 27 February 2015

Remember, Our Money Is Safe In Their Hands…

Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for education Melinda Tilley warned children in the city have been left “unable to read” because the city council decided to launch its own three-year reading programme, at a cost of £505,000, rather than taking up a county council scheme.
all six schools on the KRM reading programme – John Henry Newman, St John Fisher, East Oxford, Pegasus, Windale, and Orchard Meadow – had dropped out two years into the three-year scheme.
Mrs Tilley said: “I’m really upset there are children who still can’t read in the city because the city council didn’t follow our programme.
“I asked the city council if they wanted to come in on our reading programme and they didn’t say yes or no. Then they went on and started their own programme and lorded it over us saying we weren’t doing our jobs properly.
“The reason it [the scheme] failed was because it wasn’t purely reading, it was based on lots of psychometric testing which causes kids to lose interest.
“Now I’m stuck with trying to help the city’s children and I don’t know if we can now get any more money to do it.”
Naturally, the council is in full ‘It’s not our fault!’ mode:
Spokesman Jonathan Solity said it was a “pity” schools had dropped out and added the programme had been “highly effective” .
He said: “The programmes achieved what they set out to achieve, were extremely successful and demonstrated that the gap in attainments between pupils in schools in disadvantaged communities can be bridged through the quality of what is taught and how it is taught.”
He added: “[Mrs Tilley] is looking to score cheap political points at the expense of children’s education rather than take the time to check her facts.”
City council spokesman Chofamba Sithole said Mrs Tilley’s comments illustrated “a disappointing lack of understanding about the KRM programme” and failed to address the basic question of why the county “has been unable to address the underperformance of these schools over many years”.
So, who’s right?

Ah, who cares? It’s only taxpayer money, isn’t it?


Furor Teutonicus said...

XX Chofamba Sithole XX

What an...unfortunate surname to play with.... :-D :-D

Northish said...

Why do they try to overcomplicate learning to read with these crackpot schemes? Is it just for the money? In my day it was something insane called ITA.
These Blob versus Blob spats are amusing until you think about the cost, and the huge number of children who leave School unable to read and write at the most basic level.

Flaxen Saxon said...

Kids go to school and learn to read. If they can't, they're thick.

Northish said...

FS, people like Duncan Bannatyne, Jackie Stewart, Richard Branson, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Steven Spielberg might disagree with you.

ivan said...

Just what is going on today? I could read well before I went to school as could both of my children when they started school.

I assume this not being able to read is because the parents can't read and can't be bothered to teach their children anything other than how to fill in dole forms.

JuliaM said...

"What an...unfortunate surname to play with.... :-D :-D"


"Kids go to school and learn to read. If they can't, they're thick."

I believe the new PC term is 'learning disabled'..

"Just what is going on today? I could read well before I went to school ..."

Of course! Me too. Libraries are still free.