I am asking Labour's parliamentary candidate for Reading West, Naz Sarkar, the following questions. He can answer them with a guest post on this blog if he wishes, or in the comments. He is free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org if he wishes to make a guest post. Either way any answers he gives or statement he chooses to make will be published here in full, unedited and in the first instance without comment.
1. Your website says: Naz is a mathematics teacher at Denefield School in Tilehurst and has been a Secondary school teacher for 8 years. Denefield School's website does indeed list your name in its mathematics department. Are you a class teacher?
2. Do you teach GCSE Mathematics at Denefield?
3. Do you teach A-level Mathematics at Denefield?
4. What size class on average do you teach?
5. How many contact hours a week do you teach?
6. The (very helpful) person who answered the phone at Denefield School yesterday said you were "one of our tutors". A tutor is not a teacher but someone with Qualified Teacher Status who works 1-1 with students, usually for a few hours a week, after school and occasionally in school holidays, as the current advertisement on Denefield School's website for Mathematics and English tutors makes clear. Are you a tutor?
7. If the answer to question 6 is "yes", why did you describe yourself as a teacher on your website?
8. If the answer to question 6 is "no", why did the person at Denefield School describe you as a tutor?
9. When did you start working at Denefield School?
10. Are you still working at Denefield School?
11. If the answer to question 10 is "yes", what job do you do there and what kind of contract do you have?
12. If the answer to question 10 is "no", when did you leave and why?
13. Will Denefield School make a statement on your employment with them?
I think that will do for now. Look forward to hearing from you Naz!