My class devour stationery! They feast upon the stock cupboard until it is empty and cry “Please sir… I want some more.”
Unlike Mr Bumble, I want to give them more… much, much more. I want them to engorge themselves on, not only catalogue bought whiteboard pens and biros, but a whole feast of resources available. I want them to fall in love with creativity for life.
Sadly, my great expectations won’t be coming true for state school England, in fact we are heading for hard times. With the new funding formula, many schools face deep cuts and some are facing deficit budgets already. ‘Luxuries’, such as stationery, will be difficult to come by as budgets get tighter and tighter.
I envisage a world where Teachers trade card and pens in a Hunger Games-esque black market. Children will be the victims – starving and looking at the gluttony of the Capitol.
When I hear, “Please Sir..: I want some more,” I have to pretend to be Mr Bumble and look disapproving. But deep down I am Oliver, somewhat alarmed by my own temerity, asking those in government, who hold the purse strings, “Please, please,please… can we have some more.”
@sirmobbsalot Y6 teacher KS2 lead English Lead – Bradford, UK