Portsmouth cinemas haveÂ become too expensive for a family trip '“Â Verity Lush
Perhaps I'm recalling this through the rose-tinted specs of nostalgia, but did theÂ cinema not used to be a cheap day out for kids and adults alike?
I started watching the documentary, School, last week.Â I tuned in a little laterÂ than some of the nation but decided to give it a go after reading reviews.Â
Coming from an educational background, I suppose I know more than mostÂ regarding the fact that academies do not '˜cure' failing schools.
Downtrodden teachers need support, not mealy-mouthed '˜feedback'Â
People andÂ parents, students and hard graft, are what help to turn schools around.
The teachers and support staff in this series were downtrodden.
They wereÂ working themselves to the core in an effort to make improvements and youÂ couldn't help but feel extreme pity for some of the poor folk involved.
One gentleman had his lesson observed in a near-military manner by a memberÂ of the senior leadership team.
She stood, like a commando, at the back of theÂ room.
This kind of observation went out with the ark. Solo observations where aÂ teacher is alone carrying it out are also rather rare these days.
And when sheÂ gave the '˜feedback', you couldn't help but think things were doomed to get worseÂ '“ but not necessarily because of the teaching.
The alleged '˜feedback' was basically total tosh.
She couldn't even give advice orÂ strategies, or follow some kind of policy that might involve putting support inÂ place for the poor fellow teaching.
When he asked had it been '˜alright, at least notÂ dreadful', she replied that it had been okay.
As soon as she was alone with theÂ camera, she expressed grave concerns. Well it's no good telling us, is it? Tell, andÂ then help, the teacher!
She was also the person who later said that it was right that staff shouldn't beÂ told that redundancies would be happening.
I'd beg to differ '“ their livelihoodsÂ depend on it and now that it's been on national telly a year later, they'll knowÂ what you kept slyly hidden up your sleeve anyway.
In all areas of work and life people are downtrodden and things go wrong, but ifÂ nobody can then support or help you to at least try to put stuff right, then whatÂ right have they to even comment?
It's not just the turkey and tinsel I'm looking forward to
Only four weeks until festivities get under way and schools break up.
I haveÂ already GoogledÂ '˜Christmas TV 2018' and am looking forward to getting my highlighter out and settling downÂ with a yuletide edition of the Radio Times.
I am especially excited this year because the BBCÂ has returned toÂ tradition and filmed a '˜Ghost Story for Christmas'.
Christmas has, for centuries, been a time for ghost stories. Have a Google andÂ you'll find plenty of useless but fascinating information as to why this is so.
AndÂ the dark evenings, the lure of the fire and a decent blanket, with a spooky tale toÂ boot, is one that I cannot resist.