January 13th, 2012

Want to Sack Bad Teachers? Well Start With This One

While we are discussing the frankly long overdue proposal to sack rubbish teachers, why don’t we start with blog-favourite Hank Roberts. He’s a geography teacher at Copland School in Brent  Well sort of, that was before he became a “Pilgrim”. A union official, paid for by the taxpayer to do full-time union duties, rather than the front-line role he should be doing. There are hundreds of these teaching pilgrims.

At one point Hank was costing the school £53,000 per annum to have him on full-time release for his union activities, though since Guido exposed him last May, he has apparently gone back to work for at least two days a week. The school is still having to pay another teacher to cover for Hank when he is agitating – he’s “politically active” to say the least. He should be top of the sacking list.


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Oh forgot about him.

    Sacking bad teachers is good, saw a quote on twitter that a union rep said 2there are no bad teachers”

    I think she proved the point.

  2. 2
    Barnehurst Bob says:

    Complaints about Hank have been raised in the past, and fell on some very interesting deaf ears…

    Care to elaborate?

  3. 3
    Nothern Chap says:

    The only bad teachers are the ones who don’t pay union subs, of course.

  4. 4
    Scumbag says:

    In my time at school I ran across perhaps 4 teachers who were any good. That was over 40 years ago and I am sure standards have lowered since then. Those than can do, those that can’t teach.

  5. 5
    Mike Hancock says:

    I like the idea of sacking teachers, especially if they are nubile females. Yum!

  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Not only is he a pilgrim, but I would also be concerned about his fitness to be around children in those more than suspect glasses….you know what I mean!

  7. 7
    Ah! Monika says:

    For a start every teacher should be made to take exams in their subjects alongside students, every year. Should have to achieve A* before they are allowed to teach the following year. Grammar and punctuation not excepted.

  8. 8
    robenrose says:

    … and those who can’t teach become inspectors!

  9. 9
    Ah! Monika says:

    I’d like to bet though that their sickness rates were a tenth of the figures.

    How can teachers teach if they are frequently off with a cold?

  10. 10
    ++ BREAKING WIND ++ says:

    We are hearing reports that several eurozone countries could face “imminent” downgrade by S&P. Ratings agency declines to comment. Source says Germany not one of the downgrades. The Netherlands is also in the clear from S&P, according to a source quoted by Reuters.

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    nostradamus says:

    He should be top of the sacking list, absolutely agree, so why is he still in oUR employ ?

  12. 12
    Lord Stansted says:

    It would seem being a geography teacher aka useless moron means you have a lot of free time.

  13. 13
    Ah! Monika says:

    A shirt, tie and the occasional use of shampoo would not go amiss.
    Why do they have to be so scruffy?

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    These piss taking scum think we owe them a fucking living, and we should put them straight in no uncertain terms. Put them out of fucking business for good.

  15. 15
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    sorry, should be “said there are no”

    will try to do better

  16. 16
    Sandalista says:

    Gramer and spelin are ol fashoned and reakshonary. We need progresif teechin mefods.

  17. 17
    Carl Marks says:

    Didn’t teacher tell you not to rush and to take your time with your answers?

  18. 18
    Billy's friend says:

    I am always telling him not to rush

  19. 19
    Barry O'Barma says:

    Fire them all and invite them to reapply annually.
    Teachers are The Labour Party at Prayer – preying on children.

  20. 20
    Sir says:

    or local council wasters.

  21. 21
    To Sir with love says:

    M old chap, please lay off the fruit gums – you might start giving us ideas!

  22. 22
    J. Pig Grim says:

    Is he a predator or a producer ?

  23. 23
    Terrible But True says:

    If he’s anything like the Geography teacher mine had he might be less of a danger to future generations back on the Pilgrim trail full time.

    An entire class tanking and just in one subject. The OFSTED-hugged head took on board parental concerns and then did squat.

    The TBT future now at independent schools. As and A*s already. Even in Geography.

    £53k plus index-linked to tell kids AQA agrees with ED Miliband and Chris Huhne, while a kid in Singapore learns something they can apply practically for money… bargain.

  24. 24
    To Sir with love says:

    Because after 5 years, Pilgrims are promoted to Limpet status

  25. 25
    To Sir with love says:

    …especially as the subject is no longer taught in many skools.

  26. 26
    Rose Rose I love you etc says:

    Fiendishly cunning these Chinese!

  27. 27
    littleguy says:

    Sack the trougher.

    Union pilgrims should have their passports revoked and given a one way ticket to N. Korea to sample the delights of socialism.

  28. 28
    Billy's special friend says:

    me too

  29. 29
    Typical 6 A* Student says:

    Yeah why shud 2+2 always ekwal for? Thats fashist.

  30. 30
    Bogeyman says:

    Perhaps that’s why they put him on union duties. They wouldn’t dare sack him even if he turned out to be shagging the entire third form.

  31. 31
    I Read The National Geographic For The Native Women Photos says:

    “Geography” courses can often take on a political tone, as when it is mentioned that “So-and-so-Stan has an ideal climate for growing thingumbobs, which is why the nasty rotten evil Imperialists of the 19th C. were so keen on conquering and controlling it and subjugating the people into growing thingumbobs as an export crop destined for British homes and restaurants, when all along the enslaved natives could have engaged in subsistence farming which would have fed them.”

    That’s the standard line about pretty much every outpost of Empire having an agriculture-based economy.

  32. 32
    A level Billy says:

    soicalisim is evil.

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    “No longer taught”?—How do the pupils find their way to the back of the bike shed for a quick drag on a fag?

  34. 34
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    So the great British justice system fails once again.

    We’ve got one kid already on his way to the USA for looking for Aliens now another is going for linking to a few websites.

    YET we can’t get rid of that mong Assange and we have several Muslim terrorists like Hook that we still can’t get rid of to America.

  35. 35
    Constipated says:

    Quite fancy a cream scone.

  36. 36
    General Zod says:

    He’s reddish pink. Looks like an alcoholic.

  37. 37
    roy says:

    those that can do, those that can’t become teachers and those that can’t teach become pilgrims

  38. 38
    jgm2 says:

    Either that or Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

  39. 39
    ++ BREAKING WIND ++ says:

    Talks between Greece and private sector over restructuring of debt have broken down.

  40. 40
    boo boo says:

    Hank rhymes with wank

  41. 41
    Goddess, Empress, Dictator Frau Merkel says:

    I don’t want any action taken here as my Labour poodles love wasting taxpayers money, it’s what my business spies call a core competency. I have yet to hear the Fearsome Squeaks from my Limp-Dumb hamsters but maybe it’s early days.

  42. 42
    Tom Tomos says:

    ” Grammar and punctuation not excepted.”

    Well that’s Billy & Guido out of a job then….

  43. 43
    roy says:

    more likely a paedoholic

  44. 44
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Crap teachers can move two ways – they can either become head teachers (where they sit in their office being ‘visionary’) or they can become full-time union activists.

  45. 45
    Tom Tomos says:

    There’s no discouragement
    Can make him once relent
    His first avowed intent
    To be a Pilgrim.

  46. 46
    Waist of space says:

    My MP, Gerry Sutcliffe, voted against in the Trade Union Officials (Refund of Pay to Employers) debate. Unsurprisingly, he is funded by UNITE, and as he seems to have no cojoines whatsoever, it would be like the second coming if he had actually supported it.

  47. 47
    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    My Geography teacher (late 70’s comp) wore a badge with a profile of Lenin on his suit lapel.

    Mind you, he was a useless tw*t.

  48. 48
    Mum says:

    All these baker days and still my kids bring home inedible scones

  49. 49
    Anonymous Misogynist says:

    Or President of the NASWUT…..John Rimmer..!!

  50. 50
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    The guy should have used servers based in russia or used a montenegro .me domain name like demonoid. The septics are pissing in the wind if they think they can stop movie/music downloads. I watched a DVD Screener of War Horse before it had its UK premier :-)

  51. 51
    Ah! Monika says:

    France TV channels say France rating downgraded by S&P, citing government source – @Reuters
    Submitted 8 mins ago by editor

  52. 52
    John Bunyan says:

    As a parent, I am increasingly concerned at the time such teachers have away from the classroom. I would have expected that having the same teacher over the year for a subject is somewhat more productive than having supply teachers/stand in teachers standing in for some of the lessons. Surely continuity is important?

    It would be interesting to see how many of these ‘pilgrims’ are meant to be teaching the stronger academic classes, and how many are engaaged with the less-able.

  53. 53
    gildedtumbril says:

    Stuff sacking, how’s about hanging? And include all the bent councillors who encourage such malfeasance.

  54. 54
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    > chuckles at French downgrade :-)

  55. 55
    50 Calibre says:

    Straightforward case of frustration of contract. No ifs, no buts. He goes back to full-time teaching on Monday or is summary dismissed for gross misconduct. Fat chance of either happening. No management bottle.

    If ‘Real World’ standard UK employment law had been operated in schools, there would be no pilgrim teachers. It wouldn’t have happened. As usual it’s shit management that’s allowed pilgrims to get away with it for so long and it falls to poor old Gove to implement the law of the land because his predecessors didn’t have the bottle.

  56. 56
    Dan Hodge's right eye says:

    A typical hard left, Union agitiating piece of parasitical filth

  57. 57
    Marcel, the wonder economist says:

    He who has the last laugh etc., etc…

    If the UK is able to maintain its AAA rating much longer, it will be a miracle. Early April is the dangerous time when the piss poor retail results start really impacting on the slippery slope into real recession…

  58. 58
    Tony M says:

    French to be cut. Such a shame. All part of an Anglo-American conspiracy of course – nothing to do with the French borrowing too much and not being able to print their own money if they need to pay the bills.

  59. 59
    boo boo says:

    Teachers are already on the parasitic side of the equation

    Pilgrims are foie gras and chateaubriand devouring tapeworms

    It’s about time the patient took some medicine and flushed the filth down the toilet

  60. 60
    Stinkfinger says:

    I was a union rep in the biggest single branch of the CPSU(civil and public service union)with nearly 200 members under one roof.
    None of us reps including the branch secretary needed much time off to run things.
    How many members has this bloke got under his wing that demands so much Of his time?

  61. 61
    Mr. Putin's Stolen Cat says:

    No warning inspections are a good start.

  62. 62
    jgm2 says:

    Osborne will simply bring forward a bit more deficit spending. He’ll tolerate a single quarter of ‘negative growth’ but if it looks like being a technical recession he’ll find a few billion quid down the back of the sofa to boost the following quarter.

    Also, if the government wants to improve its tax take it could do worse than sort out its fucking online Corporation Tax submission fucking program. The fucking thing is driving me berserk. I’m at the point where I have to set the whole day aside just to take another run at it for it to refuse to accept my submission at the last possible moment even after all its internal checks.

    Wrong rate of Corporation Tax? What the fuck are you talking about? It’s your fucking program. It’s you fucker’s who have pre-populated the fucking box and won’t let me alter it. I’m prepared to pay the 21% instead of 20% just to get the fucking thing submitted.



  63. 63

    It has happened!

    France has been downgraded from AAA.

  64. 64
    jgm2 says:

    Nettle juice if I remember rightly.

    Nettles BTW taste fantastic when boiled up and served as a vegetable.

    Free food. Love it.

  65. 65
    Marcus Edwardius says:

    Sack him and get rid of the pilgrims. They are no more than an on-site Union propaganda set up – sitting in the staff rooms listening, watching and keeping everyone in line with the anti governement stance that is central to the unions positioning. These union activists are clearly socialists/marxists or else they woudln’t be so committed to the Union cause.

    It’s a disgrace that we have a state payrolled fifth column undermining any efforts to rid this country of inefficiancy…

  66. 66
    LeglessFrog says:

    I’d circumcise all the frogs

  67. 67
    Snotsicle says:

    They use the satnav on their iPhones

  68. 68
    Di Anne says:

    As long as he brings his dividers and rule to my lesson, I don’t care.

  69. 69
    One and One makes Three says:

    Once witnessed a teacher’s union meeting leaving a venue. Never seen such a shabby, unkempt and gormless looking bunch as when they shuffled out.

    Hope they got their rise. They deserve it for their unfailingly crap dress sense and wretched haircuts.

  70. 70
    Hands Up for Marxism says:

    We teachers have discovered that educash… edukishu… learning is about the student making their own progress, not because of our efforts. We are too busy caring about socialist ideals to actually teach.

  71. 71
    Defered Gratification is what makes you well off says:

    Yeah and you probably open your presents the week before Christmas and shoot your wad when your taking your clothes off.

  72. 72
    zapthecrap says:

    Typical of you nasty evil Tory toffs to make comment like that.

    I suppose those 4 ‘good’ teachers were bloody Nazi Tories like yourself. All Bullingdon boys no doubt.

    I don’t know about ‘ran across’ them. I woudl have mowed the fuckers down in a council rubbish truck filled with good and true salt of the earth Labour comrades.

    My and my mate Simplepeet will be keeping and eye out on here seeing as mister god alighty Guido Fawkes as seen fit to spew his Tory class hate and bile on the poor innocent citizens of CiF lately.

  73. 73
    Blowhard watch says:

    Whilst your otherwise engaged with your tax returns at least we get some wlcome respite from your ignorant pig shit bigotry.

  74. 74
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    ‘much time off’

    But you needed some, as the bosses recognised.

  75. 75
    Fabians are Evil says:

    Over 50% of the paid up labour party members are Teachers – and every day we entrust our children to that socialist pack.

    If you are after the bad teachers start with the socialists

  76. 76
    State-Educated says:

    My geography teacher (early 80s comp) was also a tweed-jacketed, greasy-haired left-winger.

    Regrettably for him, his propaganda failed to make much of an impact on us because he was such a catastrophically ill-regarded loser.

  77. 77
    Stinkfinger says:

    The little time off I remember was mostly spent attending pointless shit conferences organised by the union so we would think we were at least getting something for our union subs.
    Anyone who spends this much time on union activities is obviously in the self advancement business.

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    Kermit says:


  79. 79
    HEADMASTER says:

    Bowden. Stop running in the corridor.

  80. 80
    clear-eyed fabulist says:

    Ah, it’s Zap, CiF’s resident HR lawyer with so much time on her hands. What’s up? Has the supply of jehadists who want a handwringing useful idiot to bale them out/arrange citizenship dried up?

  81. 81
    Anonymous says:

    Makes Clarkson sound like a visionary

  82. 82
    zapthecrap says:


  83. 83
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    Call me Dave will do nothing, nothing and even less. More soundbites in the last couple of weeks around rolling back health and safety culture and addressing the issue of benefits dependency but actually no action.

    Pilgrims are a political open goal and he has missed it.

    The issue with Pilgrims is not what they cost its the culture they foster in the public sector of something for nothing, entitlement, shorter working weeks, double the average time off sick, etc….

  84. 84
    Pro Free thinking! (new moniker) says:

    Are you, as my generation would say, “trollling”? Ms Zap, I will be honest with you; anyone who:
    A) Goes onto a right-wing political blog and expects to find anything other than right-wing opinions, is an idiot.
    B) Actually thinks that you can classify an entire political party – numbering around 300 seats – by, what is essentially, an outdated and outmoded OPINION is an idiot. I don’t mean to be rude but, the sentence “…spew his Tory class hate and bile on the poor and innocent citizens of the CiF…” is ridiculous. If the Tories actually hated “poor” and “lower class” people then, surely, there would be more direct evidence against the Tory Coalition? You are a member of the older generations (I am a 20 year old foreign born, to a British mother and South African father, citizen of the UK) that need to move on from this image of Lady Thatcher representing the entirety of the Tory party. If you can’t do that, then you should never vote again as your opinion has been outdated since before I was conceived.

    Quite frankly, the UK needs another Thatcher. Yes, her reforms and policies were not always the most popular but, they were often necessary and even those with most hardline left-wing stance cannot deny that she is one of the most successful — both socially and economically — PMs of the 20th Century. At least those whose wish to retain a shred of credibility on the subjects of economics and politics.

    A second year (working to lower-middle class) physics student, who takes an interest in the furture of the UK

  85. 85
    Teacher Pilgrim Father figure says:

    We dress like this so we can meld seamlessly with the students and pick up the occassional student as a lover, doncha no.

  86. 86
    Pundit Too says:

    My geography teacher (1950’s) was an educated nubile young woman that eventually ran off with the PE teacher.
    I always liked geography and sports.

  87. 87
    Pundit Too says:

    “private sector”?
    You mean IMF and banks and unions and public sector.

  88. 88
    Billindie says:

    Lazy Tory wankers.

  89. 89
    Tra Li says:

    Well, this is ‘B r e n t’ after all folks.

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