I am writing this with a heavy heart. In past blogs when I’ve written about my old workplace, Purbeck View School, they were driven more by anger; of the top down management inflicted on a loyal and committed bunch of workers, of the greed of kleptosaria, boss of owners cambian, and the ignorant bollocks I was expected to do as a teacher in the current educational environment. Over the years I witnessed a school that had a caring ethos and did good work with many challenging young folk and really helped their families become ever more compromised by the pressures from a private company extracting more wealth from the public realm and government agencies imposing constant change that rarely improved our work or the lives of the students.
The last time I wrote in August was about the typical top down changes imposed on the workforce that led to a large number of staff leave at the same time. Over the course of the last term staffing and staff morale have been dire, there has been, and still is a reliance on large numbers of agency staff, this is more costly and has a drastic effect on the students and the regular staff. People with autism typically need consistency and predictability so having a succession of new staff to deal with and the ones they know increasingly stressed, tired and demotivated has a very negative effect.
The largely arrogant one who was apparently instrumental in imposing the changes has disappeared, legend has it that they were escorted off the school premises which is an all too typical occurrence in the cambian climate. There are different theories as to the reason or reasons but as is typical with the company secrecy abounds. When will these people learn that an open organisation works better than a closed one.
Now there are people who would rather I didn’t write such stuff, I would rather that I didn’t feel the need to write such stuff. But when companies and institutions operate in ways that are deleterious to staff and clients things should be aired, ideally with an air of purpose. And this purpose should be to make things better, it’s actually quite simple. There should be running throughout an institution such as a school respect and proper inclusion of all. As the jargon goes all should have a stake, not a ‘select few at the top’ driving their large stake through the heart of the institution.
In my humble opinion this is what happens when a rapacious private company gets it’s talons into public services, it rips out the heart and drains the money which should properly be going towards giving the vulnerable students the best possible service.
The school is due an ofsted inspection in the near future and will be in a frenzied state as schools often are just prior to an inspection. Some in ‘senior positions’ if they can be arsed to read my bollocks will claim I am making things worse. My riposte to such a claim would be to just reflect a little and try and reframe things, some attribution training might help.
A while ago I developed the idea that Purbeck View School would be much better off running itself; cambian are a poor employer and kleptosaria mainly in it for himself and his wealthbeing, you’ll be pleased to know that the share price has picked up lately and that there will be a dividend paid to shareholders soon after the sale of the adult services (remember at the time of the ipo kleptosaria helped himself to a few million shares, what a misnomer eh? shares, not a lot of sharing actually goes on) unless the current mergers investigation changes things. Just think, all the monies paid in by various local authorities and some individual parents would just go towards the students, staff and facilities. Don’t be so naive Duncan that’s not how the world works, it’s our role to service the likes of kleptosaria. Ah, one can but dream.
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.