Sunday, 22 August 2010

Abandon ship!

Sauve qui peut...

I have had a conversation with an educational psychologist (the UK term for a school psychologist).

She tells that she has just shelled out one-hundred and twenty squid (£120) to reserve a place on a one-day course in November.

The course is for psychologists, most of whom of course presently work in the public sector. It is run by the BPS – the British Psychological Society. It offers an introduction to private practice:

(What do conductors thing of the topics to be covered on this day?)

Not just psychologists

She also told me how her own local authority education 'support services' began six-week statutory 'consultation' before the long summer holiday. She believes that there will not be much left in the way of such services when term starts again in September. Nor does she believe other than this is only the beginning...

Oh, you don't work in the United Kingdom, so it hardly affects you? Maybe you are right. Do though have a look at the recent item on exporting radical British economic policies:

You never know.

Or maybe you work in a voluntary (charitable) service, sheltered safe from the harsh wind beginning to sweep through the public sector? Good luck: all this just might work to your advantage.

Or it might not.

1 comment:

  1. I have received an email from abroad, asking what on Earth I mean by a 'six-week statutory consultation'. I answered that everyone in the UK understands that 'six-week statutory consultation' means that your job has been declared redundant.

    In return, quite rightly I was told off: 'I am not everyone in the UK and neither are half your readers. I thought it meant that they had to give consultations to all of their clients in the six weeks before the end of term but such provision would not be available in the new school year.'

    Oh dear, mea culpa. I replied that on the contrary it means that they will be sacked and their services closed down, adding 'As you know we Brits are usually far too uptight and restrained to say anything so vulgar'

    We just do it.