Save Our Children from Political Interference in Education

Dedicated to Serving Children's Needs

We all automatically believe what we read or told without  pausing to think


Socpie is now seriously concerned about the Donaldson Report
which is proposing to compel all children in Wales to be Educated through the Medium of Welsh.
No country in the world compels it children to be educated in a language other than there native one.
There is also live Welsh Government Petition about Welsh for Adult teaching.

    Children only have one education. Politicians come and go. Initiatives that please the media or score political point and, or win votes in the next election will do little for children's learning interests. There are political pressure groups fighting their causes also.

 The damage that ill-conceived and ill-though through educational policies can have upon children can  be as great as poor medical care, but the effects of it are often not seen by those who posit them. Children only have one education. 

  There are a lot of  'fake news' and 'neuro-myths' being circulated about educational issues. The person in the street often fails to understand that teaching is a deep science. An aim of this website is to cite those who posit them and to offer references to support the citations.

      Ann Mortz, Editor of the Times Educational Supplement, made the appeal to save children from political intereference in response to the criticism of the contraversial rigorous English 2015 primary Sats in her 15th May 2016 editorial.

  Socpie , which is being developed into a professional association of qualified teachers, respects the fact that children's education is too important to be left to political rhetoric, hope, optimism and guesswork.

 The Welsh Government is now reviewing its proposals that all children in Wales should be compelled to learn through the medium of Welsh in Wales after a successful Socipe campaign. 

 There is now a campaign abou Welsh for Adult tutoring.  This is because professional teachers are expected to learn Welsh for professional development purposes and native English speaking parents who chose their children to be educated through the medium  of chose to learn Welsh to help children. There are concerns about 'Fake News' advice being offered by certain Welsh for Adult tutors


Webites  - consultancy - English Lang. Soc. 

About Howard

       Howard Gunn is a retired professional teacher, who possesses  a higher educational (Teaching) degree.  He is an authority on formative learning. He has no political affiliations. He is a generalist who has a cross curricula perspective on learning, who has teaching subject specialism in maths, music, science and history. He is Q.T.S. qualified advanced skills teacher.
        Howard has done some part-time work teaching adult learners with learning difficulties.

 Howard in his retirement has research second language acquisition, language cognition and working memory.  He has written five privately published book. 

 Howard improved his Welsh language in his retirement. He  has written a leading edge Welsh language learning methods, which he wrote for Welsh adult learners, but owing the disinterest in his work, the personal abuse and prejudiced that he has received, he no longer has an interest in developing his Welsh language work.  He has a basic understanding of Welsh.

 Howard has created H.Gunn Educational Consultancy ( website where he is offering free professional advice, where the issues referred to in this website are discussed in more detail. He is not selling his services for financial remuneration. Howard remains a member of his professional association, the NAS/UWT.
    There are also free access to two pdf copies of books on more professional articles on:-
H.G. Educational consultancy - (Clck)         H.G.Blog

The Concerns                         

Wallace (2009) in the researched Oxford Educational Dictionary states that:-

       "Although like most other professions. teaching requires a lengthy period of training and adherence to a professional code of conduct, many would argue that that are not normally accorded the parity of status with the other professions, such as law and medicine." 

      It also states that only legally qualified Q.T.S. and Q.T.L.S teachers are only entitled to call themselves teachers. Even university academics, accept those in University Schools of Education, are tutors, but we live in society where many "Tom, Dicks and Mary's" believe they are entitled to offer claimed informed educational opinions and some call themselves teacher when they offer a learning service or engage in political campaigns. The feature of high performing Pisa countries like Finland and even South Korea (where teachers instruct)  is that their teachers professionalism is valued are respected.  

      Amanda Spielman, new hexd of Ofstead contended

 Education is the great force of human advancement, of advancement of civilisation."

and that  :-

“It a lovely combination of the human and the intellectual- it’s big, it’s
omplicated, but above all it has such a profound influence upon people’s lives!"

Professional teachers have the expertise to understand the implications of  ew educational initiatives, how children respond to them and what children are capable of achieving.  

    The concerns that Socpie will address are:-     

  • the misinterpretation of the Pisa international school rankings that is causing political points scoring in the United Kingdom and is creating a doom and gloom attitude about school standards that has created pressure on governments to implement knee jerk’ reforms;
  • the unwillingness of politicians and the media to accept that children’s learning potential is not equal, which is damaging children’s education by creating unrealistic attainment targets; 
  • the political interference and the ‘fake new’ that is being disseminated in Wales about school Welsh language leaning issues, children learning interests must come first;
  •  the low morale and impoverished public status of professional teachers.

Educational Standards

 The Cockrcoft Report 1982 into mathematical education, which took five years to research and compile, referred to concern raised about standards in the subject dating  back to 1886. He contended in the early 1980s that there was unrealistic expectation of what children can be expected to achieve in the subject. A new book "The  Testing Charade" by Daniel Kortez illustrates the cheating and other problem that has arisen in United States , because of the unrealistic educational targets being set.

     Although it appear politically unpalatable for politician's to admit, research clearly illustrates that the learning potential of children is not equal. Every person brain is as unique as their faces. Enabling children to reach their full learning potential can have a profound influence on their future lives.

   There is no simple answer to problem of differentation in education, but children are not clones, and we cannot expect all children to reach the same standard of attainment. Success will always be more difficult to certain children to achieve than others, however hard they work, especially in basic skills like English and mathematics.