Julia Hartley-Brewer: Teachers don’t need praise for just doing job

Friday, May 8, 2020

talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer has angrily criticised the idea that public sector workers should be praised for working during the lockdown.

Education Select Committee chairman Robert Halfon had said school teachers should receive particular credit for arranging long-distance learning for pupils.

But Julia remarked that teachers were simply being paid to do their regular jobs while many employees in the private sector had lost theirs.

"I am so fed up with public sector workers being given credit for doing their sodding jobs," she said.

"Teachers are being paid, there’s no risk to them going into school…I don't think we should give people a clap on the back for doing their job.”

Julia also criticised schools that had not been providing adequate education from a distance, saying: “These are the same teachers who go on and on about how terrible it is that disadvantaged children don't get an education - well why aren’t they providing it for them?”

Mr Halfonsaid that some parents were seeking legal action and added that he had asked education watchdog Ofsted to look into it.

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