Banksy Thanks Bristol Primary School in the Best Way he Knows How

When the teachers at Bridge Farm Primary School held a competition amongst the students to change their house names, they never ever dreamt of what might happen next. The children decided to rename their school houses after well-known Bristol legends and eventually settled on Brunel, Blackbeard, Cabot and Banksy.

Pen Pals

As Banksy was the only name of the four houses still currently ‘alive’ the school decided to write a letter to Banksy’s PR team, informing them of the school’s decision. Lo and behold, after the artwork appeared, the School also received a letter from Banksy in response. In the letter, he writes;


“Dear Bridge Farm School, thanks for your letter and naming a house after me. Please have a picture, and if you don’t like it, feel free to add stuff. I’m sure the teachers won’t mind. Remember, it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission.

                Much love, Banksy”

Is it Real?

If we are to believe the signature, a letter from the supposed man himself and a confirmation from an official spokesman for Banksy, then, yes. There is always the odd chance that some practical joker decided to play an elaborate trick on the school, but those chances are slim. It looks as if Bridge Farm Primary School is home to one of the first verified and signed Banksy paintings; all because they decided to pay tribute to the artist himself.

Teachers’ Pay linked to Performance in Bristol Schools

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Schools in Bristol have announced that from September 2014, newly-qualified teachers will have their pay linked directly to classroom performance. To an extent teacher’s pay will depend on the performance and growth of their pupils.

Many parents and teachers are in favour of this, particularly those who feel they go the extra mile when it comes to teaching their classes, and why shouldn’t they be? It is thought that this will be a direct incentive for teachers to put more effort into improving pupil’s willingness to learn performance in examinations.

On the other hand, this new system could drive NQTs to teach outside of Bristol as the criteria for pay may be inconsistent. In addition, the new system could also see a reduction of teachers willing to teach at tougher schools as performance of the pupils and their engagement may not be as good as other schools.

However, how easy is this system to implement? How would the efforts of the teacher and the pupil’s growth be measured objectively? Will this be a reliable and valid system? Would this be putting more pressure on pupils as they would be partly responsible for their teacher’s pay? It is not black and white when it comes to the education of children. Certain examples are as follows:

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“If a pupil does well in an examination subject is this the result of the work done by his or her Year 11 subject teacher or his or her primary school teachers who taught the pupil literacy and numeracy? Which teacher should get the credit for examination success?”

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Plus there is also the issue of how to measure a pupil’s ‘level of success’. An individual may feel that they have made substantial progress over the year; however they may still be falling slightly short of the ‘average’ performance level for their year.

Red Box Teachers is always on hand to provide great opportunities for supply teachers and teaching assistants in and around London. What are your thoughts on this new scheme? What do you think this means for teachers in Bristol schools? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments!