The Reading / Listening - Head Teachers - Level 0

Schools in the UK have little money. They have to cut back. The government cut their money. A head teacher cannot pay for cleaners or staff. She cleans the toilets herself. She is embarrassed because her school cannot support students. She has sold school land, cut subjects and fired teachers to keep her school open.



Many UK schools made difficult decisions. They asked millions of parents to volunteer. Some schools asked parents for toilet paper and classroom supplies. Some students get just one sheet of A4 paper a month. Teachers want to meet the education secretary. He he said no. The UK government said education is very important.

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Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/education-47482587
  • https://inews.co.uk/news/education/head-teacher-clean-toilets-serve-luch-school-funding-cuts/
  • https://edexec.co.uk/head-teacher-forced-to-scrub-school-toilets-due-to-lack-of-funding/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. They have
  2. A head teacher cannot
  3. She cleans the toilets
  4. She is
  5. her school cannot
  6. She has sold school
  7. cut
  8. fired teachers to keep
  1. embarrassed
  2. subjects
  3. pay for cleaners
  4. her school open
  5. land
  6. herself
  7. to cut back
  8. support students

Paragraph 2

  1. schools made
  2. They asked millions
  3. toilet
  4. classroom
  5. Some students get just
  6. one sheet of
  7. Teachers want to meet the
  8. education is very
  1. important
  2. paper
  3. one
  4. education secretary
  5. of parents
  6. supplies
  7. difficult decisions
  8. A4 paper

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Schools in the UK (1) ___________________. They have to cut back. The government (2) ___________________. A head teacher cannot (3) ___________________ or staff. She cleans the toilets herself. She (4) ___________________ her school cannot support students. She (5) ___________________ land, cut subjects and fired teachers to (6) ___________________ open.

Many UK schools (7) ___________________. They asked millions of parents to volunteer. Some (8) ___________________ for toilet paper and classroom supplies. Some (9) ___________________ one sheet of A4 (10) ___________________. Teachers want to (11) ___________________ secretary. He said no. The UK government said education (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SchoolsintheUKhavelittlemoney.Theyhavetocutback.Thegovernme
ntcuttheirmoney.Aheadteachercannotpayforcleanersorstaff.Shecle
ansthetoiletsherself.Sheisembarrassedbecauseherschoolcannotsu
pportstudents.Shehassoldschoolland,cutsubjectsandfiredteacherst
okeepherschoolopen.ManyUKschoolsmadedifficultdecisions.Theyas
kedmillionsofparentstovolunteer.Someschoolsaskedparentsfortoile
tpaperandclassroomsupplies.SomestudentsgetjustonesheetofA4pa
peramonth.Teacherswanttomeettheeducationsecretary.Hesaidn
o.TheUKgovernmentsaideducationisveryimportant.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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