BCF News & Articles
Overloading of principals
Written by Alan   

12 April 2018

Commentary on an article which appeared in the Australian Teacher magazine entitled “Principal Health and Wellbeing” 10 April 2018 plus solutions offered by BCF

The article reports

1. Australian principals are on average working 60 hours a week with 11% working 70 hours a week.

2. ANU had reported beyond 32 hours a week for women and about 39 hours a week for men you start to see declines in health – particularly mental health

3. Demands placed on principals by departments of education are increasing. Accountability and administrative work is ramping up but without the adequate resources to match those demands.

Commentary by Alan J Whitaker CEO BCF on the overloading of principals

1. Principals are overloaded by admin required by district offices.

2. Many principals swamped by administration become stressed and relationships between district office officials, principals and school management become adversely affected.

3. The consequence of this relationship breakdown and of trust is that much of the positively intended assistance, and the interventions and policies which district offices try to impose on, or recommend to, schools are negatively received. Silo thinking becomes entrenched.

4. Many principals, especially of under-performing schools, overload themselves by handling all disagreements between members of staff and all issues of discipline.

5. They also fail to delegate management and administration duties to deputies and HODs. When questioned they say that discipline, admin and M&E of curriculum delivery is their job.

Solutions provided to principals by the BCF Districts Centre of Excellence Programme

1. Silo thinking and the breakdown of relationships disappear or are reduced as the District Director, Circuit Manager, Cluster Leader, Principal, Deputy Principal, HODs, Academic Staff and Parents become one synchronised team working towards:

a) Delivery of quality education at each school.

b) Timeous and quality curriculum delivery in every classroom every day.

c) Creating pride at all levels of management and staff throughout each School, Cluster, Circuit and District.

d) Eliminating unnecessary and duplicated administration and policies which currently overload and frustrate teachers, principals and district office management.

2.  The current load borne by most principals, especially those of under-performing schools, is radically reduced as the roles and responsibilities of each district office official, school-based manager and teacher are jointly examined and clarified.

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Police call outs to family violence down 50% since BCF parent training
Written by Alan   

6 April 2018

The police commander of the Sasolburg district in South Africa reported that call outs to family violence in the township of Refengkgotso had declined by more than 50% since 2014/15.

During 2014/15 BCF trained of pastors from 74 congregations to present Win-Win Parenting Skills Programme in the Refengkgotso township in the Free State Province of South Africa.

Not only had pastors trained parents, but almost every Sunday and during visits to congregants homes they had also spoken of the importance of parents becoming leaders of harmonious families and that strong families would build a strong community.

BCF immediately commissioned a survey of 300 parents in Refengkgotso which revealed that parents have adopted the values discussed and parenting skills taught.

In their day to day lives parents had replaced family violence and verbal abuse with considered communication; dislike or contempt for their children with understanding and love; dysfunctional family life with loving family life.

For a copy of the report please contact our CEO This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This community intervention was funded by SASOL.

 
Legitimised bullying must end
Written by Alan   

3 March 2018

Bullying, legitimised by the International Cricket Council, sets a woeful example to the millions of young boys and girls who watch TV and play cricket. It must stop!

 

Deliberately aiming a hard cricket ball weighing 5½ ounces or 156 grams at speeds up to 150 km per hour at the throat or head of a batsman is a gross intimidation or bullying.


In 2014 the Australian test cricketer Phillip Hughes was killed by a ball bowled at his head to intimidate him.


I call upon the MCC to amend Law 21.10 to read " The umpire shall call and signal No ball for any delivery which, after pitching, passes or would have passed above shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease."

 

Please join me in emailing the MCC at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   insisting that the Law 22.10 be amended as above. Please send a copy to the ICC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Cricket should be a game of skill not intimidation and bullying.

Alan J Whitaker, CEO
 
Sledging IS Bullying
Written by Alan   

15 March 2018

Almost all of us were bullied at school and perhaps even at work. I am sure you shudder, as I do, when we remember.

This week South Africas best bowler not only shouted in the face of Australian batsmen, he also shoulder tapped the Australian cricket captain on the field of play.

Verbal abuse boiled over into physical contact just as it does in the playground and in the community.

This was largely poo-pooed by cricket commentators, cricket administrators and retired players. They said it is part of the game What rubbish. Bullying has no part in organised sport just as it has no place anywhere.

Cricketers who sledge each other do so to intimidate opponents to make mistakes.

It is hard enough to raise children to be polite and considerate and not to bully others without TV footage in every cricket game of players bullying each other.

This has got to stop!

As CEO of the Billion Child Foundation which has trained over 300,000 parents to raise their children to become confident, polite, self-reliant individuals who will succeed as adults I call upon the MCC to immediately ban and severely punish any cricketer who attempts through gesture or voice to intimidate an opponent.

Please join me in emailing the MCC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it insisting that Law 42.2.1 be amended to read "using language or gestures which are obscene, offensive, insulting and intimidatory". Please send a copy toe the ICC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
The Billion Child Foundation 2017 Annual Report
Written by Alan   

7 March 2018

Highlights

1. During 2017 BCF launched a programme which has the capacity, technology and pricing model to enable every country in the world to enable every child to attend a school which operates as a centre of excellence – within less than a decade.

2. In 2017 BCF reached a target of having impacted on the lives of 1.5 million children.

3. Primary and and secondary schools at which BCF trained principals continue to excel both as centres of excellence and in delivering excellent results.

4. During 2017 the BCF Schools Centre of Excellence Programme, the BCF District Centre of Excellence Programme and the BCF Parenting Skills Training Programme were all endorsed by the South African Council for Educators (SACE).

Please email our CEO Alan J Whitaker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a copy of the full report.

 
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