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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Let teachers teach

At the Full Council meeting this week the issue of schools is to be discussed, regarding funding, curriculum changes and school structure changes.  I have been a teacher for nearly ten years and before that spent two years as a teaching assistant.  I am also on the ACE committee which takes in education & children’s services, a Governor at a local Primary school and Union rep at my school.  I meet and know a lot of teachers from many different schools. Not once have I heard any teacher ask for Grammar schools to be brought back, teacher training budgets to be slashed or for class sizes to rise to help improve education in this country.  I do meet a lot of teachers who are fed up.  Fed up of pay cuts (as I’m sure is much of the country), fed up of school budgets being cut, fed up of meddling from bureaucrats on everything from Sat’s tests to costly academy conversion, fed up of a constantly changing curriculum and assessment methods, and fed up of an ever increasing workload. If the Government really wants to help, treat teachers like the professionals they are, trust us and let us do what we do best which is to teach young people and improve their life chances.
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November events

  • Councillors surgery- Councillors will be holding their regular monthly surgery on Saturday 5th November from 10.30am-12pm at Whitley cafe. 
  • Planning applications committee meeting- This mmeeting will include the item on St Patricks Hall development and is to be held on Wednesday 9th November at 6.30pm at Civic offices Bridge street.
  • Parking updates letters- update letters regarding parking will be posted through letter boxes of Hartland road, Whitley Wood Road and Totnes road later in October.
  • Remembrance service– Church Ward Councillors will pay their respects on the morning of Sunday 13th at St Mary’s Butts before a march through town.
  • Canvassing- opinions about a one way restriction in Linden Road will continue to be asked on  Tuesday 22nd November at 6pm.
  • Ridgeway Governors meeting-Ashley will continue helping local school Ridgeway with a Governors meeting on Monday 28th November at 7pm.
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Number 9 bus fares fall to £1.70

A single fare on the number 9 & 3 bus routes within Reading’s boundaries will tomorrow fall by 20p a journey to £1.70 to bring it inline with the number 5 route in the south of the ward. The fares in South Reading are the lowest in the town and demonstrates Reading Councils commitment to helping residents in the area. More can be read here.

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South Reading 6 a side & NAG launch

Ashley at the event at Whitley Wood Rec.

Ashley at the event at Whitley Wood Rec.

The South Reading Neighbourhood Action Group had its launch event at Whitley Wood Rec in October. Organised by South Reading FC with help from Reading Council, the event incorporated a 6 a side football tournament and BBQ whilst raising awareness and donations for ReadiFood, Reading’s food bank. The event was set up to raise awareness of the launch of South Reading’s NAG whose next meeting will be on Thursday 27th October at Whitley Wood community centre on Northumberland Avenue.

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