The Reading / Listening - Head Teachers - Level 3

Times are hard for schools in England because they have so little money to spend. They have to cut back on many things. There is austerity in the UK so the government has cut school budgets. One head teacher at a school in London does not have enough money to pay for cleaners or canteen staff. This means she has to help to clean the toilets and serve students in the school cafeteria. Ms Siobhan Lowe is head of Tolworth Girls' School in south London. She recently told reporters that she was embarrassed because her school did not have enough money to support students. Ms Lowe said she has sold school land, cut subjects and fired her deputy-head teacher to keep her school open.



The south London school is typical of many schools in the UK. Thousands of head teachers have to make difficult decisions about how to spend their school's money. More than 7,000 head teachers recently wrote to 3.5 million parents to explain why the schools have no money. Many parents have become volunteers at schools to help the children. Some schools have asked parents to provide toilet paper and other basics for the school toilets and classrooms. One school only has enough money to give students one sheet of A4 paper a month. Head teachers want to meet the UK's education secretary, but he refused to meet them. The UK's Department for Education said funding for education was a government priority.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Head Teachers - Level 0 Head Teachers - Level 1   or  Head Teachers - Level 2

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/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. HEAD TEACHERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about head teachers. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       times / spend / austerity / budgets / canteen / toilets / embarrassed / money /open /
       typical / thousands / decisions / parents / toilet paper / classrooms / education / A4
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PRIORITY: Students A strongly believe education should be a government's top priority; Students B strongly believe it shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SCHOOLS: How were these things at your school? How can we make them better? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How was it / were they?

Improvements

Teachers

 

 

Classrooms

 

 

Rules

 

 

Subjects

 

 

Exams

 

 

Technology

 

 

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5. BUDGET: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "budget". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SUBJECTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important school subjects at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • coding
  • biology
  • sports
  • literature
  • English
  • history
  • maths
  • art

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. hard a. A plan on how to spend or save your money.
      2. cut back b. Difficult to bear; causing suffering.
      3. austerity c. Difficult economic conditions because of governments spending less money on public services.
      4. budget d. Feeling shame because of a situation you don't want to be in.
      5. staff e. Told a worker he is no longer needed by the company or organization.
      6. embarrassed f. Reducing the amount of money you spend or things you use.
      7. fired g. All the people employed by a company or organization.

    Paragraph 2

      8. typical h. The minimum number of things you need to do something.
      9. recently i. A thing that is thought of as being more important than another.
      10. volunteer j. Showed that one is not willing to do something.
      11. basics k. A person who  offers to work or do something for free.
      12. sheet l. A large piece of cotton or other fabric, used on a bed to cover the mattress and as a layer beneath blankets.
      13. refused m. Very usual or like other things.
      14. priority n. At a time not long ago, or near to now.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said times are oft in England.     T / F
  2. The UK is cutting school budgets because of austerity.     T / F
  3. A head teacher has to serve her students in the school cafeteria.     T / F
  4. A head teacher has sold land to keep her school open.     T / F
  5. Head teachers have written to 7,000 parents about a lack of money.     T / F
  6. Many parents are volunteering to help schools.     T / F
  7. All students get 10 sheets of A4 paper each month.     T / F
  8. The UK education secretary agreed to meet the head teachers.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. hard
  2. cut
  3. head
  4. embarrassed
  5. support
  6. typical
  7. recently
  8. provide
  9. enough
  10. funding
  1. a short time ago
  2. red-faced
  3. sufficient
  4. reduced
  5. supply
  6. provide for
  7. difficult
  8. money
  9. representative
  10. leader

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Times are hard
  2. They have to cut
  3. clean the toilets and serve students
  4. Ms Lowe said she has sold
  5. cut subjects and fired her
  6. The south London school is typical of
  7. Many parents have become
  8. provide toilet paper and other
  9. one sheet of A4
  10. funding for education was a
  1. volunteers at schools
  2. deputy-head teacher
  3. school land
  4. basics
  5. for schools in England
  6. government priority
  7. paper a month
  8. back on many things
  9. many schools in the UK
  10. in the school cafeteria

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
serve
budgets
fired
recently
enough
hard
land
cut

Times are (1) ____________ for schools in England because they have so little money to spend. They have to (2) ____________ back on many things. There is austerity in the UK so the government has cut school (3) ____________. One head teacher at a school in London does not have (4) ____________ money to pay for cleaners or canteen staff. This means she has to help to clean the toilets and (5) ____________ students in the school cafeteria. Ms Siobhan Lowe is head of Tolworth Girls' School in south London. She (6) ____________ told reporters that she was embarrassed because her school did not have enough money to support her students. Ms Lowe said she has sold school (7) ____________, cut subjects and a (8) ____________ her deputy-head teacher to keep her school open.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
volunteers
sheet
typical
priority
recently
refused
decisions
basics

The south London school is (9) ____________ of many schools in the UK. Thousands of head teachers have to make difficult (10) ____________ about how to spend their school's money. More than 7,000 head teachers (11) ____________ wrote to 3.5 million parents to explain why the schools have no money. Many parents have become (12) ____________ at schools to help the children. Some schools have asked parents to provide toilet paper and other (13) ____________ for the school toilets and classrooms. One school only has enough money to give students one (14) ____________ of A4 paper a month. Head teachers want to meet the UK's education secretary, but he (15) ____________ to meet them. The UK's Department for Education said funding for education was a government (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Times are hard for schools in England because they have so little money ______
     a.  two spend
     b.  too spend
     c.  to spend
     d.  thru spend
2)  There is austerity in the UK so the government has cut ______
     a.  school budge ties
     b.  school budgies
     c.  school budge tis
     d.  school budgets
3)  This means she has to help to clean the toilets and ______
     a.  server students
     b.  serve students
     c.  servile students
     d.  serves students
4)  embarrassed because her school did not have enough money to ______ students
     a.  support her
     b.  supports her
     c.  supported her
     d.  supporter her
5)  cut subjects and fired her deputy-head teacher to keep ______
     a.  her school opens
     b.  her school open
     c.  her school opened
     d.  her school opener

6)  Thousands of head teachers have to make ______
     a.  difficult decisions
     b.  difficult decides
     c.  difficult dish visions
     d.  difficult dish vision
7)  Some schools have asked parents to provide toilet paper and ______
     a.  other basically
     b.  another basics
     c.  other basic
     d.  other basics
8)  One school only has enough money to give students ______ A4
     a.  once sheet of
     b.  one sheets of
     c.  once sheet off
     d.  one sheet of
9)  Head teachers want to meet the UK's education secretary, but he ______
     a.  refused tomb eat
     b.  refused tomb meat
     c.  refused to meet
     d.  refused two meet
10)  The UK's Department for Education said funding for education was a ______
     a.  governmental priority
     b.  government priority
     c.  government priorities
     d.  government a prior

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

(1) ___________________ for schools in England because they have so little money to spend. They have to (2) ___________________ many things. There is austerity in the UK so the government has cut school budgets. One head teacher at a school in London does not have enough (3) ___________________ for cleaners or canteen staff. This means she has to help to clean the toilets and (4) ___________________ the school cafeteria. Ms Siobhan Lowe is head of Tolworth Girls' School in south London. She recently told reporters that (5) ___________________ because her school did not have enough money to support her students. Ms Lowe said she has sold school land, cut subjects (6) ___________________ deputy-head teacher to keep her school open.

The south London school (7) ___________________ many schools in the UK. Thousands of head teachers have to make (8) ___________________ how to spend their school's money. More than 7,000 head teachers recently wrote to 3.5 million parents (9) ___________________ the schools have no money. Many parents have become volunteers at schools to help the children. Some schools have asked parents to provide toilet paper (10) ___________________ for the school toilets and classrooms. One school only has enough money to give students (11) ___________________ A4 paper a month. Head teachers want to meet the UK's education secretary, but he refused to meet them. The UK's Department for Education (12) ___________________ education was a government priority.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say about times for schools in England?
  2. What did the article say schools have to cut back on?
  3. Where does the head teacher have to serve food?
  4. How did the teacher feel about not being able to support her students?
  5. What did a head teacher sell to keep her school open?
  6. What is the south London school typical of?
  7. How many parents did head teachers write to?
  8. What kind of paper did schools ask parents to provide?
  9. Who did head teachers want to meet?
  10. What did the Education Department say was a government priority?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the article say about times for schools in England?
a) from 9 to 5
b) things are hard
c) they need bigger clocks
d) they are wrong
2) What did the article say schools have to cut back on?
a) students
b) subjects
c) heating
d) many things
3) Where does the head teacher have to serve food?
a) the school cafeteria/canteen
b) MacDonald's
c) on the street
d) in her house
4) How did the teacher feel about not being able to support her students?
a) sad
b) depressed
c) embarrassed
d) OK
5) What did a head teacher sell to keep her school open?
a) her car
b) school land
c) cakes
d) lottery tickets

6) What is the south London school typical of?
a) excellence
b) a north London school
c) many schools in the UK
d) schools in poorer countries
7) How many parents did head teachers write to?
a) 4.5 million parents
b) 5.5 million parents
c) 5.3 million parents
d) 3.5 million parents
8) What kind of paper did schools ask parents to provide?
a) toilet paper
b) A4 paper
c) exam paper
d) newspaper
9) Who did head teachers want to meet?
a) the education secretary
b) the Prime Minister
c) a soccer player
d) Donald Trump

10) What did the Education Department say was a government priority?
a) cuts
b) education
c) Brexit
d) books

Role play

Role  A – English
You think English is the most important school subject. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their subjects. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): art, coding or sports.

Role  B – Art
You think art is the most important school subject. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their subjects. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): English, coding or sports.

Role  C – Coding
You think coding is the most important school subject. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their subjects. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): art, English or sports.

Role  D – Sports
You think sports is the most important school subject. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their subjects. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): art, coding or English.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'head'

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  • and 'teacher'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • many
    • spend
    • volunteers
    • provide
    • sheet
    • funding
    • times
    • austerity
    • canteen
    • serve
    • embarrassed
    • keep




    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 - Head teacher has to clean school toilets

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'teacher'?
    3. What was or is your school like?
    4. What did your teachers do besides teach lessons?
    5. Are times hard in your country?
    6. How important is it to budget?
    7. Should a head teacher have to clean toilets?
    8. Why is there austerity in the UK?
    9. What advice do you have for the head teacher?
    10. What more can the head teacher do for her students?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'budget'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What difficult decisions do teachers have to make?
    5. Who was your favourite teacher (and why)?
    6. Would you volunteer to help a school?
    7. What can a student do with one sheet of A4 paper per month?
    8. How can schools be made better?
    9. How much of a priority should education be?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the head teacher?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Times are () ____ for schools in England because they have so little money to spend. They have to cut back on many things. There is (2) ____ in the UK so the government has cut school budgets. One head teacher at a school in London does not have enough money to (3) ____ for cleaners or canteen staff. This means she has to help to clean the toilets and (4) ____ students in the school cafeteria. Ms Siobhan Lowe is head of Tolworth Girls' School in south London. She recently told reporters that she was embarrassed because her school did not have enough money (5) ____ support her students. Ms Lowe said she has sold school land, cut subjects and (6) ____ her deputy-head teacher to keep her school open.

    The south London school is (7) ____ of many schools in the UK. Thousands of head teachers have to make difficult decisions about how to spend (8) ____ school's money. More than 7,000 head teachers recently wrote to 3.5 million parents to explain (9) ____ the schools have no money. Many parents have become volunteers at schools to help the children. Some schools have asked parents to provide toilet paper and (10) ____ basics for the school toilets and classrooms. One school only has enough money to give students one (11) ____ of A4 paper a month. Head teachers want to meet the UK's education secretary, but he refused to meet them. The UK's Department for Education said funding (12) ____ education was a government priority.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     hardly     (b)     hard     (c)     harden     (d)     harder    
    2. (a)     posterity     (b)     austerity     (c)     austere     (d)     posture    
    3. (a)     budgeting     (b)     spend     (c)     afford     (d)     pay    
    4. (a)     server     (b)     serve     (c)     service     (d)     servitude    
    5. (a)     for     (b)     to     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    6. (a)     heated     (b)     flamed     (c)     fired     (d)     lit    
    7. (a)     typify     (b)     typo     (c)     typical     (d)     types    
    8. (a)     they     (b)     them     (c)     their     (d)     that    
    9. (a)     whoever     (b)     what     (c)     which     (d)     why    
    10. (a)     the others     (b)     another     (c)     others     (d)     other    
    11. (a)     sheet     (b)     blanket     (c)     quilt     (d)     cover    
    12. (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     for     (d)     to

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. cut school gdsubet
    3. in the school aaifrceet
    4. she was raebersmdas
    5. money to popsrtu her students
    6. fired her dtueyp-head teacher

    Paragraph 2

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    2. have to make difficult scdnsoiie
    3. teachers crlnetye wrote to 3.5 million parents
    4. parents have become eusolevtrn
    5. he udfsree to meet them
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    Put the text back together

    (...)  wrote to 3.5 million parents to explain why the schools have no money. Many parents have become
    (...)  staff. This means she has to help to clean the toilets and serve students in the school
    (...)  reporters that she was embarrassed because her school did not have enough money to support
    (...)  meet them. The UK's Department for Education said funding for education was a government priority.
    (...)  budgets. One head teacher at a school in London does not have enough money to pay for cleaners or canteen
    (...)  of A4 paper a month. Head teachers want to meet the UK's education secretary, but he refused to
    (...)  basics for the school toilets and classrooms. One school only has enough money to give students one sheet
    (...)  cafeteria. Ms Siobhan Lowe is head of Tolworth Girls' School in south London. She recently told
    (...)  The south London school is typical of many schools in the UK. Thousands of head teachers have
    1  ) Times are hard for schools in England because they have so little money to spend. They have to cut
    (...)  volunteers at schools to help the children. Some schools have asked parents to provide toilet paper and other
    (...)  to make difficult decisions about how to spend their school's money. More than 7,000 head teachers recently
    (...)  her students. Ms Lowe said she has sold school land, cut subjects and fired her deputy-head teacher to keep her school open.
    (...)  back on many things. There is austerity in the UK so the government has cut school

    Put the words in the right order

    1. schools   Times   for   hard   are   in   England   .
    2. things   .   to   many   cut   on   have   back   They
    3. means   she   toilets   .   has   This   clean   the   to
    4. reporters   told   recently   She   that   embarrassed   .   she   was
    5. have   not   did   Her   enough   money   .   school
    6. The   schools   .   is   of   London   school   typical   many
    7. Thousands   have   difficult   decisions   .   make   of   teachers   to
    8. to   at   help   .   Parents   become   schools   have   volunteers
    9. one   students   of   month   .   Give   a   paper   sheet
    10. priority   .   for   was   education   government   a   Funding

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Times are hard / hardly for schools in England because they have so little money to spend. They have to cut front / back on many things. There is austerity in / on the UK so the government has cut school budget / budgets. One head teacher at a school in London does not have enough money to / for pay for cleaners or canteen staff. This means she has to help to clean the toilets and service / serve students in the school cafeteria. Ms Siobhan Lowe is head of Tolworth Girls' School in south London. She recent / recently told reporters that she was embarrassed / embarrass because her school did not have enough money to  / for support for her students. Ms Lowe said she has sold school land, cut subjects and flamed / fired her deputy-head teacher to keep her school open.

    The south London school is typically / typical of many schools in the UK. Thousands of head teachers have to make difficult decision / decisions about how to spend / spending their school's money. More than 7,000 head teachers recently wrote to 3.5 million parents to explain what / why the schools have no money. Many parents have become voluntary / volunteers at schools to help the children. Some schools have asked / request parents to provide toilet paper and another / other basics for the school toilets and classrooms. One school only has enough money to give students one blanket / sheet of A4 paper a month. Head teachers want to meat / meet the UK's education secretary, but he refused to meet them. The UK's Department for Education said funding for education was a government priority / correctly.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    times are hard for schools in england because they have so little money to spend they have to cut back on many things there is austerity in the uk so the government has cut school budgets one head teacher at a school in london does not have enough money to pay for cleaners or canteen staff this means she has to help to clean the toilets and serve students in the school cafeteria ms siobhan lowe is head of tolworth girls school in south london she recently told reporters that she was embarrassed because her school did not have enough money to support her students ms lowe said she has sold school land cut subjects and fired her deputyhead teacher to keep her school open

    the south london school is typical of many schools in the uk thousands of head teachers have to make difficult decisions about how to spend their schools money more than 7000 head teachers recently wrote to 35 million parents to explain why the schools have no money many parents have become volunteers at schools to help the children some schools have asked parents to provide toilet paper and other basics for the school toilets and classrooms one school only has enough money to give students one sheet of a4 paper a month head teachers want to meet the uks education secretary but he refused to meet them the uks department for education said funding for education was a government priority.

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    TimesarehardforschoolsinEnglandbecausetheyhavesolittlemoneyto
    spend.Theyhavetocutbackonmanythings.ThereisausterityintheUKs
    othegovernmenthascutschoolbudgets.Oneheadteacherataschoolin
    Londondoesnothaveenoughmoneytopayforcleanersorcanteenstaff.
    Thismeansshehastohelptocleanthetoiletsandservestudentsinthesch
    oolcafeteria.MsSiobhanLoweisheadofTolworthGirls'SchoolinsouthL
    ondon.Sherecentlytoldreportersthatshewasembarrassedbecauseh
    erschooldidnothaveenoughmoneytosupportstudents.MsLowesaids
    hehassoldschoolland,cutsubjectsandfiredherdeputy-headteachert
    okeepherschoolopen.ThesouthLondonschoolistypicalofmanyschool
    sintheUK.Thousandsofheadteachershavetomakedifficultdecisionsa
    bouthowtospendtheirschool'smoney.Morethan7,000headteachersr
    ecentlywroteto3.5millionparentstoexplainwhytheschoolshavenomo
    ney.Manyparentshavebecomevolunteersatschoolstohelpthechildre
    n.Someschoolshaveaskedparentstoprovidetoiletpaperandotherbasi
    csfortheschooltoiletsandclassrooms.Oneschoolonlyhasenoughmon
    eytogivestudentsonesheetofA4paperamonth.Headteacherswantto
    meettheUK'seducationsecretary,butherefusedtomeetthem.TheUK'
    sDepartmentforEducationsaidfundingforeducationwasagovernmen
    tpriority.

    Free writing

    Write about head teacher for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Education should be a government's top priority. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. HEAD TEACHERS: Make a poster about head teachers. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. EDUCATION: Write a magazine article about education being a government's top spending priority. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on head teachers. Ask him/her three questions about head teachers. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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