A reader directs The Blogger to this term’s edition of Herr Direktor Tomlinson’s glossy newsletter(PDF) for school governors as we “may want to read the series of crap excuses she’s concocted”! The reader continues:
No great major spelling mistakes immediately apparent (just a series of bloody buzzwords that mean nothing: “Task & Finish Group”, “fit-for-purpose”, blah, blah, blah). But it looks as though she was getting tired towards the end of the article because the last paragraph doesn’t seem to make sense: “Thank you for all your hard work and commitment, and on your achievements.” Perhaps ‘congratulations’ went AWOL from that sentence? It had probably been a long day…
Indeed the vast majority of it is a typical local government exercise in meaningless jargon and obvious swerves to avoid the bad news. However this little nugget intrigued The Blogger:
It’s great that, in 2006-07, attendance has improved across both primary and secondary schools. Improving attendance is a key factor in our ability to meet our pupils’ expected levels of attainment.
It would stand more chance of being considered great if it were true. But as we all know attendance in Bristol schools deteriorated over the last year.
Are senior local government officers allowed to do this? Just tell outright lies to avoid any news that questions their competence?
COMING SOON: “We will not accept petitions of a personal nature”. That sack Tomlinson petition latest.
(Cartoon by Evelyn Post. Evelyn Post is The Bristol Blogger’s resident cartoonist. He has a woman’s name)