Hank the Teaching “Pilgrim”

This is Hank Roberts. He’s a geography teacher at Copland School in Brent. Well sort of, that was before he became a “pilgrim”. A full-time union official, paid for by the taxpayer to do full-time union duties, rather than the front-line role he should be doing. The last figures that Guido could get his hands on showed that our Hank cost the school £53,000pa to have him on full-time release for his union activities.

The struggling school has to pay around £106,000 every year to three union officials not to teach. However the local authority only budgeted the school with £70,000 for this malarkey in 2009/10, and £78,000 in 2008/09. In the last two years, a school in one of the most deprived areas of the country has had to pick up a £64,000 shortfall in union funding, out of its already tight and struggling budget . It is feared that this annual shortfall could have been going on for as long as twenty years…

But it gets worse. Despite being paid to work for the brothers, it seems Hank has even grander ideas. He spent the summer term of 2008 as part of the “Wembley Park Action Group”, sitting up a tree to stop a City Academy being built.

This action resulted in him being convicted at Willesden County Court and fined what he called “a substantial sum of money”, believed to be around £3,000. All the way through this mess, the taxpayer was funding his activities, to the despair of his school and Brent Council.

Hank’s personally-aggrandising website states that he is the “Organising Secretary of UNIFY and a member of all three teacher unions” as well as being elected Senior Vice President (2011), National President (2012) of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. Presumably taking more money from these positions…

Guido spoke to Hank earlier and he claims that from September he will be going down to three days a week on union activity. Which makes everything ok. There’s more to this one though. Complaints about Hank have been raised in the past, and fell on some very interesting deaf ears…



Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

GuidoFawkes Quote of the Day

Gordon Brown loses all sense of irony. The BBC report he says:

“David Cameron is planning to “cling on” in Downing Street after the election.”

Top Posts This Week

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.

Facebook

Listen: Lucy Powell’s #Edstone Gaffe Listen: Lucy Powell’s #Edstone Gaffe
Labour Held Second Sex Segregated Rally Labour Held Second Sex Segregated Rally
#WifeBeaters4Labour #WifeBeaters4Labour
PhD Grade Twattery PhD Grade Twattery
Watch: LibDem Parody Women’s Manifesto Watch: LibDem Parody Women’s Manifesto
Why that Indy endorsement shouldn’t cost it readers Why that Indy endorsement shouldn’t cost it readers

Harman Blurs Lines Over Miliband ‘First Crack’ Comments Harman Blurs Lines Over Miliband ‘First Crack’ Comments
Miliband: Give Cameron First Go at Forming Government Miliband: Give Cameron First Go at Forming Government
Farage Blasts Labour Over Sex Segregated Rally Farage Blasts Labour Over Sex Segregated Rally
Russell Brand Backs Labour and SNP Russell Brand Backs Labour and SNP
Miliband’s Evasiveness on SNP Getting Cut Through Miliband’s Evasiveness on SNP Getting Cut Through
Dim Up North: Carpet-Bagging Unite Candidate Patronises Voters Dim Up North: Carpet-Bagging Unite Candidate Patronises Voters
Nick Clegg Reads Mean Tweets Nick Clegg Reads Mean Tweets
Labour’s Sex Segregated Rally Labour’s Sex Segregated Rally
MICHAEL GOVE SLAMS BBC FOR #EVERYDAYSEXISM MICHAEL GOVE SLAMS BBC FOR #EVERYDAYSEXISM
DEAR C OF E, IF GOD DIDN’T WANT US TO BURN COAL, HE WOULDN’T HAVE PUT SO MUCH OF IT IN THE GROUND DEAR C OF E, IF GOD DIDN’T WANT US TO BURN COAL, HE WOULDN’T HAVE PUT SO MUCH OF IT IN THE GROUND
MiliFandom: The Movie MiliFandom: The Movie
WATCH: Labour Double Down on Overspending Denial WATCH: Labour Double Down on Overspending Denial
Miliband: We Didn’t Overspend Miliband: We Didn’t Overspend