Sad (and unnecessary) end for Teachers TV
27 Apr 2011
The dedicated television channel for teachers - Teachers TV - comes to an end at the end of this month.
The decision by the government to pull the plug on funding for the channel seems an odd way of showing ministers' stated commitment to the importance of improving the quality of classroom teaching.
The Teachers TV website will cease to be available from 29th April. Past programmes will - we are told - still be accessible via the Department for Education website, although at present it is far from clear where to find them on this vast site.
The channel was launched in 2005 and an independent analyst's report commissioned by the government said that more than 1 in 3 teachers and classroom assistants said it had had a positive effect on classroom standards.
As someone who made programmes for the channel, I must declare an interest. However the relatively small cost saving looks like an grievous error compared to the cost and disruption of CPD and training delivered in more conventional ways and the loss of an independent forum for discussion, and representation, of teaching methods.
The fictitious poet, E.J. Thrib would probably have had a fitting farewell to deliver ... but I can only say: 'what a waste, what an act of vandalism'.