Teachers’ strike provides unexpected boost for Great Yorkshire Show

York Press: Andrew Scarborough 0f Driffield with his Limousin cross bullock at the Great Yorkshire Show. Andrew Scarborough 0f Driffield with his Limousin cross bullock at the Great Yorkshire Show.

The Great Yorkshire Show has enjoyed an unexpected surge in family visitors during the teachers' strike.

It boosted the three-day attendance beyond the 130,000 mark as parents took advantage of school closures to attend the final day.

In the countdown to the 2015 show, bosses now intend to step up pressure on schools to give pupils more time off to join the crowds.

The Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate has traditionally hosted the event to please the many trade and business exhibitors who prefer a mid-week slot.

But organisers, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, are concerned young people may be missing out because of the new zero tolerance approach to term-time absence.

Society chief executive Nigel Pulling said: "It has been ideal show weather. Even the downpour on Tuesday afternoon soon dried out.

"It has been fantastic. We have had a least 5,000 children here on school visits. But the schools strike has been a happy coincidence and we have noticed more families on the third day than usual."

He is concerned that despite the heavy investment in children's facilities, some head teachers still view a day out at the show as something to be discouraged.

"Some head teachers accept it is educational but others are taking a very tough line and saying 'no'," he added.

The Society plans to work with schools over the coming year to underline the educational value of a visit.

He added that while the Tour de France may have led some regulars to stay away this year there could be long term benefits.

He had personally met a number of fresh visitors who were in York for the Grand Depart who might come again.

"It is good see new people and there is every chance they will return - and hopefully we will get those who stayed away this year back in 2015," he added.

At the show Richard Bramley, of Manor Farm, Kelfield near York, was named the overall winner of Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Tye Trophy award.

The competition rewards excellence in farming and conservation with commercial agriculture.

Charles Mills, a judge and trustee at the society, said: “Richard’s was a very well run farm and his attention to detail, combining conservation and a commercial arable business, was well done. His dedication to promoting the farming industry to different groups and particularly to students was impressive.”

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10:13am Fri 11 Jul 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I wonder how many teachers visited?

After all, if I was taking home £36,300 a year (yesterday's parliamentary response to Hugh Bayley's written question on how much the average York teacher earns annually), I'm sure the Great Yorkshire Show would offer some opportunity to offload me of my hard-earned cash.
I wonder how many teachers visited? After all, if I was taking home £36,300 a year (yesterday's parliamentary response to Hugh Bayley's written question on how much the average York teacher earns annually), I'm sure the Great Yorkshire Show would offer some opportunity to offload me of my hard-earned cash. Ignatius Lumpopo
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10:30am Fri 11 Jul 14

eeoodares says...

If that is true, that the average salary for a teacher is in excess of £36,000 and they get whopping pensions and legendary holidays and yet still strike.... GREED does not begin to cover it!
If that is true, that the average salary for a teacher is in excess of £36,000 and they get whopping pensions and legendary holidays and yet still strike.... GREED does not begin to cover it! eeoodares
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10:32am Fri 11 Jul 14

nearlyman says...

Maybe they just have too much time to spend so little.
Maybe they just have too much time to spend so little. nearlyman
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4:13pm Fri 11 Jul 14

welf_man says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
I wonder how many teachers visited?

After all, if I was taking home £36,300 a year (yesterday's parliamentary response to Hugh Bayley's written question on how much the average York teacher earns annually), I'm sure the Great Yorkshire Show would offer some opportunity to offload me of my hard-earned cash.
Shame that averages don't really tell you anything - if one person earns £120,000 and 9 others earn £27,000 their "average" is £36,300.

Mode (most common value) is far more useful than mean (average) in showing reality!
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many teachers visited? After all, if I was taking home £36,300 a year (yesterday's parliamentary response to Hugh Bayley's written question on how much the average York teacher earns annually), I'm sure the Great Yorkshire Show would offer some opportunity to offload me of my hard-earned cash.[/p][/quote]Shame that averages don't really tell you anything - if one person earns £120,000 and 9 others earn £27,000 their "average" is £36,300. Mode (most common value) is far more useful than mean (average) in showing reality! welf_man
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4:39pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

welf_man wrote:
Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
I wonder how many teachers visited?

After all, if I was taking home £36,300 a year (yesterday's parliamentary response to Hugh Bayley's written question on how much the average York teacher earns annually), I'm sure the Great Yorkshire Show would offer some opportunity to offload me of my hard-earned cash.
Shame that averages don't really tell you anything - if one person earns £120,000 and 9 others earn £27,000 their "average" is £36,300.

Mode (most common value) is far more useful than mean (average) in showing reality!
The average "Full time, regularly qualified teacher" in York state schools earned £36300pa (in 2012). Not Head teachers, heads of department, anything above, just regular, full-time teachers. Nor class-room assistants or other staff. Just full-time, regualrly qualifed teachers.

In this instance, I think "average' tells me enough.
[quote][p][bold]welf_man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many teachers visited? After all, if I was taking home £36,300 a year (yesterday's parliamentary response to Hugh Bayley's written question on how much the average York teacher earns annually), I'm sure the Great Yorkshire Show would offer some opportunity to offload me of my hard-earned cash.[/p][/quote]Shame that averages don't really tell you anything - if one person earns £120,000 and 9 others earn £27,000 their "average" is £36,300. Mode (most common value) is far more useful than mean (average) in showing reality![/p][/quote]The average "Full time, regularly qualified teacher" in York state schools earned £36300pa (in 2012). Not Head teachers, heads of department, anything above, just regular, full-time teachers. Nor class-room assistants or other staff. Just full-time, regualrly qualifed teachers. In this instance, I think "average' tells me enough. Ignatius Lumpopo
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6:47pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Joseph 1968 says...

We'll, if you lot are so hacked off with professionals earning a decent salary, then join the profession rather than being professional wingers on here.

Teachers deserve more than this. They have to deal with your little brats on a daily basis. You pop them out and then moan when people dare to have a voice.

I can't believe how much people moan about others taking action. Get a grip. Without unions, without mass action by ordinary folk, you'd not be able to vote, have free health care or free education.
We'll, if you lot are so hacked off with professionals earning a decent salary, then join the profession rather than being professional wingers on here. Teachers deserve more than this. They have to deal with your little brats on a daily basis. You pop them out and then moan when people dare to have a voice. I can't believe how much people moan about others taking action. Get a grip. Without unions, without mass action by ordinary folk, you'd not be able to vote, have free health care or free education. Joseph 1968
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7:37pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Seadog says...

When I was teaching in rural Yorkshire three decades ago, we all got a day off to go to t'Show anyway ... kids an' all!
When I was teaching in rural Yorkshire three decades ago, we all got a day off to go to t'Show anyway ... kids an' all! Seadog
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10:12pm Fri 11 Jul 14

eeoodares says...

Joseph 1968 wrote:
We'll, if you lot are so hacked off with professionals earning a decent salary, then join the profession rather than being professional wingers on here.

Teachers deserve more than this. They have to deal with your little brats on a daily basis. You pop them out and then moan when people dare to have a voice.

I can't believe how much people moan about others taking action. Get a grip. Without unions, without mass action by ordinary folk, you'd not be able to vote, have free health care or free education.
I think that £36000 is a decent salary, if they do not like dealing with 'brats' do not go into teaching!

As far as free healthcare and education, they are not free they are paid for from taxes, which I pay. Do I think £36K for a teacher in York is enough? YES I BLOOMIN WELL DO!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Joseph 1968[/bold] wrote: We'll, if you lot are so hacked off with professionals earning a decent salary, then join the profession rather than being professional wingers on here. Teachers deserve more than this. They have to deal with your little brats on a daily basis. You pop them out and then moan when people dare to have a voice. I can't believe how much people moan about others taking action. Get a grip. Without unions, without mass action by ordinary folk, you'd not be able to vote, have free health care or free education.[/p][/quote]I think that £36000 is a decent salary, if they do not like dealing with 'brats' do not go into teaching! As far as free healthcare and education, they are not free they are paid for from taxes, which I pay. Do I think £36K for a teacher in York is enough? YES I BLOOMIN WELL DO!!!! eeoodares
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1:25pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Joseph 1968 says...

eeoodares wrote:
Joseph 1968 wrote:
We'll, if you lot are so hacked off with professionals earning a decent salary, then join the profession rather than being professional wingers on here.

Teachers deserve more than this. They have to deal with your little brats on a daily basis. You pop them out and then moan when people dare to have a voice.

I can't believe how much people moan about others taking action. Get a grip. Without unions, without mass action by ordinary folk, you'd not be able to vote, have free health care or free education.
I think that £36000 is a decent salary, if they do not like dealing with 'brats' do not go into teaching!

As far as free healthcare and education, they are not free they are paid for from taxes, which I pay. Do I think £36K for a teacher in York is enough? YES I BLOOMIN WELL DO!!!!
Well, that'll be because you don't know how to use apostrophes for omission.

Perhaps you should have had better quality teachers on a decent salary.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joseph 1968[/bold] wrote: We'll, if you lot are so hacked off with professionals earning a decent salary, then join the profession rather than being professional wingers on here. Teachers deserve more than this. They have to deal with your little brats on a daily basis. You pop them out and then moan when people dare to have a voice. I can't believe how much people moan about others taking action. Get a grip. Without unions, without mass action by ordinary folk, you'd not be able to vote, have free health care or free education.[/p][/quote]I think that £36000 is a decent salary, if they do not like dealing with 'brats' do not go into teaching! As far as free healthcare and education, they are not free they are paid for from taxes, which I pay. Do I think £36K for a teacher in York is enough? YES I BLOOMIN WELL DO!!!![/p][/quote]Well, that'll be because you don't know how to use apostrophes for omission. Perhaps you should have had better quality teachers on a decent salary. Joseph 1968
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