To work in a comprehensive secondary school for a term on a 90% timetable
  • Petitioned David Cameron

This petition was delivered to:

Prime Minister
David Cameron
Secretary of State for Education
Michael Gove

To work in a comprehensive secondary school for a term on a 90% timetable

    1. Maria Rudden
    2. Petition by

      Maria Rudden

      Sheffield, United Kingdom

The person who is in charge of making education policy in the UK should understand what it is really like to work with young people in a state school.

They need to understand what it feels like to be a full time teacher; the hours, the workload, the variety of students, the pressure to be 'outstanding' and to achieve results.

Shaping the futures of the next generation is an incredible privilege, but also carries immense pressures.  

In the current climate teachers are expected to carry this burden and dedicate huge amounts of physical and emotional energy whilst continually being castigated by the Education Secretary. 

If he really does know best, then he should come and join us! 

To:
David Cameron, Prime Minister
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education
I think you should work in a comprehensive school for a term. You should undertake the responsibilities of a full time teacher with a 90% timetable and see what it's really like.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. My blog in the Guardian

      Maria Rudden
      Petition organiser

      Here are some thoughts about the petition in a blog I wrote. It was published by @GuardianTeach. http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/apr/24/michael-gove-teach-education-secretary-petition?CMP=twt_gu

      Gove should teach: why I want the education secretary to walk in my shoes

      I can just imagine it now... After renegotiating his lesson plan with his colleagues, Mr Gove adds a picture onto his PowerPoint and now feels confident he is going to engage and entice his year 9s as soon as they arrive for their lesson.

    3. Reached 8,000 signatures
    4. Secondary v. Primary - A response

      Maria Rudden
      Petition organiser

      When I decided to begin the petition, I wanted to ask Michael Gove to come and walk in my shoes. Those shoes are that of a 28 year old, relatively newly qualified Media and English teacher working in Doncaster. This is the only reason why it specifies Secondary. So I apologise to those of you who may have wondered why it didn’t specify just ‘school’ or thought that the campaign was suggesting some sort of hierarchy. That was not my intention. The point is to demonstrate the lack of understanding he has of any of the jobs we work in across the sector. Hope this clears it up.

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. 2000 signatures!

      Maria Rudden
      Petition organiser

      Caroline Culligan's signature takes the total to 2000.

    7. Reached 2,000 signatures
    8. Support from all corners

      Maria Rudden
      Petition organiser

      This wordle demonstrates the petition has reached across the UK. Much more to do. 1700 and counting. Tell your friends!

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    9. Reached 1,500 signatures
    10. 200 signatures!

      Maria Rudden
      Petition organiser

      The first hundred in a day… the second hundred in an hour! This is the power of social media.

      Please keep sharing!

    11. Reached 200 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Anne Roberts MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      people do not know how hard this job is until they experience it

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    • Agne Novikaite HASTINGS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Because I've been around listening to all of the new rules and the rumors of all the change that's happening because of this man and I saw reasons why he's make such changes but honestly they're a bit too cruel and incorrect to be honest he doesn't realize what school really is like for teachers and students such as my self, doesn't realize all those hours teachers spend working late nights so therefore give this man a taste of his own medicine.

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    • Catherine Pye ST HELENS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      As a retired teacher, I am concerned that the current pressures of workload and the need to be 'outstanding' will have the effect of driving the most conscientious candidates from the profession.

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    • Andrew Channing BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Because I fear that Michael Gove is very out of touch.

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    • Bel Cotton LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Teaching is a great job but it is now too stressful and difficult to teach in a primary school. Too much time is spent on useless box ticking/justifying and assessing and no time left for actually helping children.

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