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    yorkiemum wrote:
    One of many who have left the profession and mark my words there will be many more!! Hopefully sometime soon the government will realise what they and previous governments have done to education with new frameworks every year, new initiatives and ideas and the dreadful OFSTED visits and work out why Heads/Teachers are leaving in droves
    I remember Maggie starting while I was still a pupil there. She looks exactly the same as when I last saw her in 1985! I wish her well.

    yorkiemum - education is perennially in crisis. In the state sector, it always will be because governments made up of the useless and most ignorantly divisive in society always stick their oar in. Labour dumbed down the curriculum, the coalition blames poor teaching and is hell-bent on creating pressure-pot academies as a solution. Neither labour nor the coalition seems to take on board that there are 32,000 teaching related vacancies advertised each year. The NQT drop-out rate is 50% over 3 or 5 years, I can't remember which.

    The lot of a teacher isn't a happy one, believe you me. Highly pressured to achieve targets, heavy workload, paralysed with the rights culture where children do not fear authority but are actually encouraged to make fiscal or verbal claims against it. This, the very same 'rights' culture which means that Abu Qatada is currently sat in a house somewhere unknown under police protection (the irony being that a hate-mongering violent individual is protected from violence at great cost to the tax-payer). If anyone wants to argue about the fear-factor, I would just point you to the fact that in 2011, some youths were roaming around our cities burning and looting buildings. Yes, the holidays are good teaching and the pension isn't bad although if you look at government public-sector pension balance-sheets, the sums don't add up. There will be a shortfall in years to come. Pensions won't be payable.

    Indeed, there is a perfect-storm on the horizon which is going to cause major problems in the education sector and many others. I'd love to think I was wrong but facts are facts.

    The global financial crisis will shortly be into its fifth year. The government is still borrowing record amounts just to pay people wages and benefits. Personal debt is over a trillion and the private sector is struggling to make any sort of impact. Prices are rising and globally resources (and food) are becoming scarcer. The news from Europe is getting worse by the day. Economic gloom across the continent and multiple crises in the currency zone. With rising unemployment and inflation there are riots in the streets with forecasts of anarchy in some parts of western Europe. And along with the simmering discontent there is a worrying rise of radical groups and populist right wing movements. In the fringes, secessionists are pushing for independence, indeed for the break up of the whole European order under which we have all lived secure and comfortable for so long. At home in Britain there are worrying signs in every town - cuts in public services have led to closures of public baths and libraries, the failure of road maintenance, breakdowns in the food supply and civic order. There are Anti-austerity protests in a number of major european cities. While political commentators and church leaders talk about a "general decline in morality" and "public apathy", the rich retreat to their mansions and country estates and hoard their cash.

    Don't I go on? Anyway, good luck to Mrs Wright. Enjoy your pension and retirement while you can."
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Outgoing head teacher, Maggi Wright, pays tribute to Joseph Rowntree School

Maggi Wright

Maggi Wright

First published in News

THE outgoing head teacher at one of York’s largest secondary schools has paid tribute to staff and students ahead of her departure next year.

Maggi Wright, the head at Joseph Rowntree School in New Earswick, is set to retire after 29 years at the school at the end of the academic year.

As The Press previously reported, Mrs Wright made her decision to stand down in August after five years as head.

Mrs Wright began her teaching career 37 years ago, joining Joseph Rowntree School in 1984 as a head of department. She then became head of house and then fulfilled the role of deputy head for 11 years.

She said: “I have absolutely loved my time at the school – especially as head teacher – and have relished the challenges and opportunities it has given me. However, in May 2013 I will be 59 plus years of age and I still have other business ideas which I would love to pursue. Therefore, it is time for me to move on.

“I wish the school the best of everything and thank the staff, students, local authority, governors and parents for the support they have given me during the 29 years I have had at the school. I will always be loyal to the school and look forward to being supportive to the next head teacher.”

Pete Dwyer, director of adults, children and education, said: “I would like to thank Maggi for her tremendously valued service both at Joseph Rowntree School and across the city. She was brilliant in establishing the new building at Joseph Rowntree and in creating a fabulous environment for young people to learn in.

“She will be missed by myself and her head teacher colleagues across the city.’’ The school’s deputy head, Andrew Janes, is also stepping down at the end of the academic year for personal family reasons, in order to become a full-time teacher again. He will continue to teach at the school.

Dr Janes has worked in the school for 15 years, the last eight of them as either assistant head teacher, or deputy head teacher. Assistant head Dot Hornby will also be retiring in summer 2013. She has been at the school for 27 years and is currently head of Year 11.

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