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Child Abuse Inquiry Press Release.

 

Association of Christian Teachers

from Clive Ireson – Director Strategy

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7th August 2016.

 

Child Abuse Inquiry.

 

Dame Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand judge who resigned on Thursday as chair of the £100 million Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), did not leave her post voluntarily but was effectively fired it is now reported.

It is not my place to get into the arguments about salary, allowances etc etc these just cloud the main issue how can we protect our children and young people from abuse.

My view is that this topic is too important to wait five or ten years for a report. This resignation gives us opportunity to look again at this Inquiry.

I call for the Inquiry to be split into two:

  1. An Inquiry to look at what went wrong within Local Authorities and Police Child Protection Teams – this Inquiry to make an initial report and recommendations within a year and a full report within two years. This matter is this urgent to protect our children and young people.

 

  1. A second Inquiry to look at all the other aspects and receive submissions from victims of abuse – this may well take longer so that lessons can be learned.

 

We must better protect our children and young people now and ensure we spend sufficient monies doing so.

 

Clive Ireson

Director (Strategy)

Association of Christian Teachers

ACT is a Registered Charity No. 295328 and a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 2056400. Established in 1971

Registered Office: Rowan House  23 Billing Road  Northampton  NN1 5AT    telephone 01604  632046

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Omni-shambles of SATS.

 

Association of Christian Teachers

from Clive Ireson – Director Strategy

mobile: 07772 436 532

c.ireson@btinternet.com

twitter : @ACTClive 

 

10th May 2016.

 

Omni-shambles of KS1/KS2 Testing.

 

The testing of KS1 and KS2 children this year is an omni-shambles. Everything that could go wrong has.

 

We have leaked tests – we have children on strike – we have children crying. We have teachers not knowing what level a test will be pitched at and we have educated adults who struggle to answer the questions.

 

The stakes though are so high – an 11 year old will have his future predicted through these tests. A school will be praised or fail an inspection through these tests. A school will be allowed freedom or forced to become an Academy though these tests.

 

It is time to STOP and pause.

 

The tests this year cannot be relied upon. Let the children have their individual results and allow them to feel proud for what they achieved. The results though don’t appear ‘safe’ so should not be published and should not be used to predict the future of a child or indeed the future of a school.

 

The government must carry out a full investigation of all that has gone wrong and publish that speedily. The government must then listen to parents, teachers, and governors and come up with a better way of measuring progress and standards reached by children and schools.

 

Much of this work needs taking out of government hands – we have a National Curriculum. Everyone wants to be ambitious for every child but we must realise that all children are different, some more academic than others.

 

Next years testing should only take place once government have listened and worked with the profession to ensure any tests are fit for purpose – perhaps an independent educationalist should take the lead on this?

 

Clive Ireson

Director (Strategy)

Association of Christian Teachers

ACT is a Registered Charity No. 295328 and a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 2056400. Established in 1971

Registered Office: Rowan House  23 Billing Road  Northampton  NN1 5AT    telephone 01604  632046

www.christians-in-education.org.uk

     

 


 

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