Non-job of the week

Guardian non-jobs 2009 15.1.09 This week’s non-job, again sent to us by a supporter, comes from Surrey County Council:


REMA Ethnic and Language Minority Support - Senior Specialist
£33,652 - £36,114


You will be working in a specified area of Surrey and will have responsibility for ensuring the day-to-day management of a group of staff.


You will ensure that staff work together to improve educational outcomes and life chances for children and young people in line with the Every Child Matters agenda, and you will support them in meeting personal targets and service development objectives.


In consultation with the ELMS operational manager, you will also ensure that links with schools and other partners are maintained and developed.


You will work with schools and other partners to enable them to raise the attainment of ethnic/language minority pupils, promote inclusive practices, recognise and value diversity and implement race equality. You will lead or contribute to specific initiatives intended to achieve these goals, and collaborate with colleagues in delivering training and modelling effective practice.


Educated to degree level, you will be a qualified teacher with experience of working with children from ethnic/language minority communities and a proven track record of achieving successful outcomes for these children.


You will be a good communicator who can work collaboratively and have the ability to inspire and motivate other professionals. You will be able to work with others and also to work independently. You will be well-informed about national initiatives in the raising of achievement for children and young people from minority communities and will have the ability to promote a culture which supports diversity and equality.


For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Janice Taylor (ELMS) on 01483 517 236.


An enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure check will be required for this role.


Please quote job reference 045122/CF/6896.


Closing date: 16 January 2009.


Interview date: 26 January 2009.


Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


Surrey County Council particularly welcomes applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion."


The first problem that arises from this non-job is that it very clearly is another management role.  But worse than that, it’s a politically correct non-job.  It would be better to hire a teacher to get pupils to speak and learn English so they can succeed.  Wouldn’t parents rather they had that as a service instead of someone hired by the council to patronise them?


If ever you wanted a typical politically correct job, this is it.  Schools should make sure all pupils succeed.  Dividing up classes into minorities and majorities serves no one and wastes money.  Seeing that all children are educated and treated equally would save money in the long run. 


If you spot any local government jobs you think are a total waste of money, email them onto us so we can keep a log and expose the councils wasting your money.

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