The exam result revolt

the latest decisions by education ministers reveal that pupils can use their Mock GCSE or A-level results if algorithms’ used to determine grades seriously lower their achievements.

We are in such a predicament. The school has been closed because of bad results – among other reasons. Yet my child’s results have always been above average. Went to a low-achieving Primary and the year of his SATs the school’s standing in the league tables rose.

Unfortunately for us, now in the school, which is also closing this year, the school has refused to supply a printed copy of the second Mock GCSE results.

The first Mock GCSE results already provide a pass for Sixth form entry but the second lot was even better. I do not understand why a school would refuse to give a printed copy of those mock exam results to pupils.

I have now contacted the head of education in the borough, Christine McInnes and the head of the closing school and the Executive head of the school who works in another school.

It is stressful to say the least.

lasting damage

Just watched the official secrets film about Katherine Gun on Amazon Video and that is probably another reason why we didn’t have a Labour government since a long time.

Since the Iraq war those classical MPs stood down or left politics. The new crop has not managed to get over issues like race.

We are all humans.

13 seconds

On average it takes me about 13 seconds after receipt of a phishing phone call to hang up. The same is happening about abusive phone calls.

Amazing to see that when I post some things, how long it takes for a stupid phone call to come in.

There is a clear connection.

I received one of these calls after this mornings’ posts. I leave it to anybody’s imagination where that call could have come from.

My phone numbers are widely available. Obviously anybody could be calling but motive and timing is always a giveaway.

New TV fun

My favourite detective stories are starting to repeat and I am looking for other stuff to watch.

The Rebel Wilson LOL:Australia comedy on Amazon Prime was quite interesting as it showed the problems comedians have these days. They practically can’t mention most things without upsetting someone.

One comedian joked about the most basic thing in life, our waste products and he didn’t win the contest.

Untypically yesterday I decided to try something new and watched Chrisley knows beston ITVBe. Amazingly good.

It described to a T the bullying older people suffer having to proof that they are not too old to do things.
Fair enough, redo your driving license. I don’t even drive and for me it’s having to repeat my date of birth or post code when I collect prescriptions from the Chemist. Or having to proof in the street that I can walk along without problems, whilst looking around would earn me questions of whether I know where I am at this time.

In the days when kids could be smacked, the respect for older people was more apparent. Now kids can’t be smacked anymore the abuse of older people seems to be on the rise.

There are two sides to any coin.

 

 

Labour exploits policing either way

This latest Dawn Butler story, in which she blames police for racially profiling her, is simply another way to exploit policing negatively to score political Brownie points.

Remember the years of hassle I had from labour councillors and supporters over a story they ran, digging out that age-old arrest I once suffered in Germany.

Now they still blame the police for doing their job.

They practically tell them: “Dont’ stop black people or we’ll accuse you of racism”.

Who would want to vote for a political party that pressurises our law enforcement to treat people differently according to their colour?

I was never black, yet I had been arrested once. I never complained abour Racial Profiling of White people.

But, some Labout politicians now complain about profiling of black people for only stopping them.

I never complaint about police doing their job. I had a lawyer who went through a simple compensation process for wrongful arrest and imprisonment, as it is standard procedure in such cases. Colour doesn’t even come into it.

Personally I never liked colour-coded values. Black Lives matter as much as any other live matters. All lives matter!

Nobody should kneel on anybody’s neck. That is the simple message we need to get across. It doesn’t matter whether they are police or black or white.

Nobody should kneel on people’s neck.

Stop and search is a great method to reduce carrying of weapons and drugs. Simple.

Anybody can get stopped, anybody can get accused.

In the end it is an argument of time and money and how many good results police get with using the most effective methods.

As kids we were told: “The police is your friend and helper”. A much better outlook in life for a child to get rather than accusing law enforcement as the enemy of the people.

faith in humanity

landscape photography of snowy mountain

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My faith in humanity is being restored as we speak. Just realised that actually with my magic earphones, the Proms today sound very good, even on my laptop.

I need this music as yesterday’s watching of the Revenant on BBC 2 was very much disturbing my feeling of general happiness.

I feel sorry for all the actors and tech crew who had to make this film. It’s nothing else but another exploitation of masculinity. Women were only shown as killed because of racial inferiority [sic] or sex objects.

Just shows how sexist the film industry still is because that film got an Oscar for male superiority story lines all the way through. Very poor story lines.

We only saw men fighting each other or raping women or killing them for being the wrong race [sic]. Oh, one man got killed also for being the wrong race. [sic] How sad.

The only remotely interesting thing in the whole film was how to catch a fish in a large river without net or fishing rod. Though I think that probably survival specialists like Bear Grylls or Ray Mears could have taught us that in a more pallatable way.

 

The LBTH cabinet meeting

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Spent the whole evening listening to the Tower Hamlets council cabinet meeting online and was amazed to hear that now Oaklands school has been called financially vulnerable because it has only a 4-form entry and is small.

The original plan was to close Raine’s Foundation because it was in debt and failed to attract pupils and to save money transfer Raine’s pupils to Oakland, expland Oaklands and then make Oakland viable.

The problem with this strategy was that the council has not secured the extra space for Oaklands to expand to.

The planned site, the Raine’s Lower schools has not yet been purchased by Tower Hamlets council and that is 2 years after the original decision to consider closure of Raine’s and transfer to Oaklands was made.

How can pupils now apply to Oaklands Sixth form when the Sixth form in Oaklands has not gotten a site yet?

It’s now July, school is back in September and the council still has not gotten a site to house the extra Oaklands pupils.

If that is not completely and utterly ridiculous for a council to drag pupils along in between schools and just leave to guess, which school has enough places for them is more than a worst service for education.

The council had more than enough time to secure enough space for pupils in the Oaklands ‘planned expanded Sixth form’ but so far the cuncil has failed to take decisive action.

The council now plays the same game with Oaklands that they previously played with Raine’s, playing the potentially financially unviable card and a closure may be necessary in the future.

I think it was unfair on Steering Group members to leave the situation in Limbo because pupils and parents alike were fearful that they would not find places to get a good education.

Parents didn’t want to apply to Oaklands because they did not have the extra spaces and so people probably get dispersed around the borough with Oaklands having to have problems over size.

It’s not really satisfying to hear the repeated shouts from Christine McInnes that Tower Hamlets has an excellent rate of pupils moving on to University, as this is not to continue if education gets scaled back the way they do.

They are cutting back sport and reducing school places at an alarming rate.  And whilst schools in Bethnal Green close, the youth centre has also been closed.

If the education in Tower Hamlets was really as good as they try to make us believe, wouldn’t pupils queue around the borough to get into our schools? But the opposite is the case, pupils leave the borough for Sixth form education and not a lot of pupils want to come into Tower Hamlets to learn. Normally with good schools people come from far and wide but not in Tower Hamlets.

 

character building TV viewing

brown high rise building

High-rise buildings need the best materials to stay safe. Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric on Pexels.com

Last night’s Endeavour on ITV was very enjoyable. It dealt with the danger of police and council official corruption and showed the dangers police officers face each day fighting corruption.

A whole tower block collapsed because corrupt council officials allowed a builder to use inferiod concrete.

The attempts to bribe police to overlook it went to an extreme length and ended in people getting shot.

I just love a police officer who fights corruption.

The later ‘Law and Order UK’ again dealt with the difficulty of prosecuting a drug smuggling drug dealer and get the evidence needed. A man made a girl believe that he loved her and made her swallow 70 condoms filled with drugs, which killed her when one of them burst.

There was however no direct hard evidence to link the drug dealer to the mule.

But then CPS was able to prosecute him for tax fraud as he laundered the money through the accounts of his dead wife and didn’t pay tax on millions of pounds of income. That only got him a 2 year sentence but it destroyed his way of life.

I have never gotten involved in anything to do with drugs and I would strongly encourage all my  readers to stay well clear of them. The film showed the danger young people are in when they get sucked in by exploiting drug dealers who make them believe that they are loved if they only carry the drugs in their stomach.

It is a nightmare for any parent to see teenage children getting involved with partners who do not have their best interest at heart but then also realising that the children themselves are no longer interest in seeking advice from the parent. It seems to be an emotional problem that is very hard to solve in today’s free society, whereby parents cannot force their growing teenagers to do more than attend compulsory school lessons.

A lot of the morals are shown in older productions, which unfortunately do not have current technology present and often include smoking and a lot of alcohol.

 

the rogue family

watched a few episodes of‘the Durrells‘. and my hair stood up and curled. A mother takes her kids to Crete to escape British justice and the Greeks were more than welcoming.

The family gotten a free house.

There are some very charming and nice aspects to this series, like the little boy who likes nature and studies animals. Obviously a remote island is a perfect place for that.

But then there is the son who tends to get into trouble. He has this shot gun and eventually gets accussed of shooting a farmer’s turkeys. He then leaves the family home to join a gang of criminals, who employ him to shoot off the lock of a storage facility.

wild turkey

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Whilst the farmer failed to provide evidence of poaching of his turkeys, the judge was very sympathetic towards the Durrells and awarded them six turkeys the farmer had to supply them with.

But the allegation of the robbery was then thrown out because the mother sold her wedding ring to bribe the gang to state that the Durrell son was in fact not taking part.

This was all portrait as perfectly acceptable. The mother even gotten her wedding back from a local honoray figure – with a smile.

I just hate stuff like that. The son, then back with the family, and still trying to be up to the old tricks, had to be constantly watched. That took away a lot of resources the family could have used for positive family activities. Instead of having to play carers and behaviour police all the time, they could have played games, learned or studied instead or spent quality time visiting local theatres.

Bribery is one of the reasons why I would not want my children to mix with rich kids because if rich kids get themselves in trouble in schools, their parents can get their own children out of trouble by donating large sums into the school. But the poor kid, which gotten mixed up with problems, simply gets all the blame.

The rich kid, whose parent bribed the school, probably ends up being prime minister.

The matter of family bribery is very serious and we have to be better than the Mafia.

Eye on the job

It’s very refreshing to watch a good old war film. Signed up for Apple TV and one of their star films is Greyhound with Tom Hanks.

Can’t go wrong with Tom Hanks anyway, he is always brilliant.

When I see the soldiers on those ships and see how cosy life is for us today, it just stands to reason that I am not too keen on those who want to find reasons to disturb our daily lives with scheming ideas, that not only interrupt but also have a very negative impact on society.

There is no such thing as a ‘do goodder’, you are either good or not.

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