Friday, January 30, 2015

The short goodbye...

Well, it's almost exactly ten years since I first breathed life into 'Sandy McManus', aka 'The Tefl Tradesman', and started this blog. In all that time I have achieved ... probably very little (if anything at all)

OK then, maybe not. After all, we have had some great laughs, ousted a few shysters, and thrown an unforgiving light on all manner of bullshit and deceit, both inside and outside the classroom.

Anyway, I have now decided that the time has come to recognise my immensely irrelevant contributions to the whacky world of Tefl and resign. I mean, give up the blog, and just let it float here in cyberspace, forever and ever (Amen).

Fact is, I no longer tread those perilous Tefl boards, as I recently applied for one of the jobs listed alongside. Much to my surprise, I even got it! I'll leave it up to you, dearest reader, to guess which one it is. Kindly leave your choices below, and the correct one will be rewarded with a free packet of 10 Royals.

So, farewell then, fellow Tefl Twats. It's been a hell of a ride, but the time has come to leave the saddle and make a a respectable sideways walk into the sunset.

At least for a good while, anyway.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Speak Up! - That Deleted Post!

Due to popular demand, I am restoring the post below, which was deleted as a result of the usual grubby activities by lawyers. Sandy will NOT be silenced!


Once again, Sandy's Tefl spies have brought to greater attention the dodgy doings of another shyster school. In this case, I am very proud to be able to shine the 'Spotlight of Shame' on Speak Up! London, who have been found guilty of flouting employment laws and promoting outright sexism in the workplace. The main character responsible is an upstanding gentleman of Asian extraction, pictured alongside (deleted due to copyright infringement claims), who goes by the glorious name of Mr Fartan!

Without doubt, this thieving toad represents another fine example of the cockroaches and scumbags who infest the UK Tefl scene. Last month he attempted to fire an employee for no reason and without notice or payment. No doubt this is the way employees, especially female ones, are treated in his country of origin. However, Mr Fartan (a.k.a. Farhan Quraishi) seemed to overlook that he lives in a civilised country now, whose laws need to be respected.

After a spirited campaign via social media, Mr Fartan was forced to change his cheating ways. You can find out all about the matter here:

Anyway, I did some further digging into Mr Fartan and his academic cesspit, and I found some pretty vile stuff. He is a man who is not shy of making grand claims on his LinkedIn page, but in reality he appears to be much more of a wimp.

For example, he claims to be a "Multi talented individual whose skills set ranges" . Indeed , they probably range from promoting discrimination against his female teachers to failing to issue teachers with contracts. Or perhaps that is what he means by his boast that he is "Definitely not a one trick pony."? After all, he seems to have lots of tricks up his sleeve, especially when it comes to dodging his legal obligations as an employer.

He has also been pulled up about the full name of his school, which is Speak Up! London School of English on their website and advertising. Certain people at the London School of English, which is probably the UK's very best EFL school, have asked him to either alter his school's name or issue a disclaimer, stating clearly that his cheapskate outfit in tourist town is nothing at all to do with the high-quality outfit in Holland Park. However, for some strange reason that only Mr Fartan can provide, he has consistently refused to do so!

Another strange matter is the fact that on June 4 this year - just a few weeks back - Mr Fartan and his co-director, Kamila Cwiklinska (both of 49 Clarence Gardens, Camden) registered a new company at Companies House. This new school is called Speak Up London Language School Ltd - a name that is very similar to their current company, which was incorporated in August 2012, called Speak Up London Ltd.

Now, language schools come and go, and my experience of those that go after a name change is that they often claim insolvency and dodge the taxman. And for some reason, the current Speak Up! outfit has apparently paid no taxes and filed no accounts EVER!

Oh, and sometimes these shyster schools avoid paying their employees too. Is this another of those tricks that Mr Fartan likes to crow about?

Do YOU work at Speak Up!? Got a story to tell? 
Just send it to and you'll receive a free packet of 10 Park Drive in return!