This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
A harrowing regime of extreme monitoring by school bosses helped drive a woman teacher to suicide, NASUWT union members heard yesterday.
In an emotional address, Medway delegate Andrew Green described how an “inventive, inspiring and creative teacher” he knew had taken her own life after being ground down by an invasive system of appraisals and check-ups.
“She found herself in such a dark place that the only way out she could see was to literally end her life,” he told the education union’s conference in Birmingham.
“She would drive to school in tears thinking about how a little accident might free her from the constant monitoring undermining her professionalism and the criticism and stifling of her creativity.”
Mr Green spoke out during a debate on excessive monitoring including the growing use of classroom CCTV.
“Excessive monitoring and all its implications is one of the main drivers of the recruitment and retention crisis that is just around the corner,” he said.
One teacher told the union: “CCTV has been used against staff to imply they are handling a situation incorrectly even though the CCTV has no sound.”
Delegates at the annual conference unanimously agreed that excessive monitoring is disempowering and adding to teachers’ stress and workload.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.