Please Hekia can we have this here?

Hekia Parata is the new Education Minister and if the NZEI rand PPTA thought that they didn’t like Anne Tolley then they are in for a nice bit of shock therapy from Hekia Parata. One of the first things she should do is emulate the latest measures by Michael Gove in the UK:

From September head teachers will be allowed to sack the worst-performing staff in just a term – rather than a year – as part of sweeping reforms being announced today.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 today, Mr Gove said: “If the alarm bells are ringing and the red lights are flashing it used to take a year but we are now concertinaing it.

“I think head teachers should intervene earlier. I don’t think anyone wants to terminate someone’s employment unless it’s necessary.”

When asked if a teacher whose class does not improve will be “in the firing line”, he replied: “Yes.”

Mr Gove added: “It’s their responsibility to ensure that children behave and that children succeed.”

Earlier he told the Telegraph: “You wouldn’t tolerate an underperforming surgeon in an operating theatre, or a underperforming midwife at your child’s birth,

“Why is it that we tolerate underperforming teachers in the classroom? Teachers themselves know if there’s a colleague who can’t keep control or keep the interest of their class, it affects the whole school.

“Children themselves know they are being cheated. Ultimately we owe it to our children. They are in school for 190 days a year. Every moment they spend learning is precious. If a year goes by and they are not being stretched and excited, that blights their life. We have got to think of what’s in the children’s interests first.”

Of course measures like that will only be effective if they are blackballed from the profession rather than given glowing references and sent on to the next unsuspecting school:

In a further move, the Government will announce that all teachers will be assessed against rigorous new teaching standards every year to ensure performance is being maintained and measures will be introduced to stop poor teachers being “recycled” from school to school.

Ministers claim the reforms – being introduced from September this year – will create a “simpler and faster system to deal with teachers who are struggling”.

It follows the publication of official figures showing that just 17 staff in England have been struck off for incompetence in a decade.

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