Jo Kelly from Glebe Primary School has stood down from her position citing a “broken school system” as the key reason for resignation. The Government have cut £2.8 billion from schools with the Conservatives revised budget. It was reported earlier this year in The Guardian that a cash crisis had led to English schools cutting 15,000 staff members.
There has been a multitude of articles and news reports in the recent months on the lack of funding for low income families, lack of funding for children with special needs and a lower standard of education with more pressure on the students. Jo Kelly has been a part of the team at Glebe Primary School for four years and in the education system for 15. She wrote to all the parents of her students to say “After 15 years in education, I do not feel I can carry on in our broken system. I came into this profession to give children the best life chances possible and I do not feel that I am able to do this any longer.”
She further said “the high stakes accountability system in place across the country means that we, as a profession, are taking the excitement and creativity out of teaching and learning. At Glebe, the fantastic team do everything in their power to give our children the best experience possible but even over the four years that I have been here, the pressure has increased and we are putting more and more pressure on staff and children to reach more and more difficult goals.”
“I think this is unacceptable and don’t wish to see our children go through this anymore. This is now coupled with a lack of funding to give children the very best start that they deserve – we are having to do more with less. Over the next few years, there will be some very difficult decisions to be made about staffing and this will again have a negative impact on our children.”
“The thing that makes me most proud of my work in education has been seeing a generation of children develop and turn into fantastic young people. It is with great pride that I come to school every day and work with the unique Glebies and I am so sad that I am giving up the career that I loved and have worked so hard for.”
“However, I do not think the education system is fit for purpose. My role seems to be less about giving children rich and diverse experience and more about making sure they tick all the boxes required for a narrow testing and assessment system.”
Jo Kelly highlights many issues within the education system and the country as a whole. The letter suggests that children are seen as a statistic rather than an eager young person willing to learn. According to Education Support Partnership, the number of teachers seeking mental health support has risen by 35% in the last twelve months. It is glaringly obvious that there are severe issues within this sector that the government are seemingly overlooking for the sake of statistics.