I was a teacher at this school for 1 year a few years ago and realy working here made me ill and very sad. I was working with students who desperately needed some attention, or couldn't speak English, and so sat in my classes learning not a single thing as they ere... More >>
I was a teacher at this school for 1 year a few years ago and realy working here made me ill and very sad. I was working with students who desperately needed some attention, or couldn't speak English, and so sat in my classes learning not a single thing as they ere all in English. The children that needed attention has suspected adhd and got not a single second of extra help in the year I was there despite me requesting it several time.
I was a teacher but was given so much administration work, and given threats about the deadlines of getting the administration work in, that in several of my classes I had to cancel the lesson and put a video on or get the kids ot colour in worksheets so I could sit and do my paper work for fear my salary would get cut if I didn't complete it ( this is what teachers are threatened with). the worst thing is when a student of mine doesn't get an A on their test or report card. Screaming parents and a principle and admin staff who don't understand the importance of real education would ask me to either change the grades or let the children redo the test until they got an A, despite the fact the child was very clearly at a C or D level. Now this may sound nice, but wait until that child graduates and goes to University on faked grades; they will be in trouble and it wont be their fault.
I will give the shool some credit: some of the teachers are great. they really care and put so much effort into their lessons, but, when they are over ruled, becoming sick or not allowed to teach in the way the feel is best, they become demotivated and depressed. This is why in 2012 the school lost and had to reemploy 37 teachers! And in 2013 the same for 26 teachers. That should tell you everything about the school. Oh..they also failed their external evaluation in 2012, although they did pass again in late 2013 due to the amazing effort of the teachers. << Less