Stephen Petty

Mark my words, this is no way to cut our workload

Teachers do have a genuine grievance about the unpaid overtime they have to put into the job – but the idea that marking is a waste of time is nonsense

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Yesterday morning, I just couldn’t bring myself to leave the house. I just lay there, weeping in the hallway with our dog nuzzling up to me in sympathy – or was it the cat? Or maybe it was nice Mr Turner from next door? I scarcely noticed. I just couldn’t see how I could go to my school and face another day of boorish senior leaders casually expecting me to go into a classroom and teach children. Who the hell invited the children into school? I may have to leave the profession if it carries on like this.

It’s an outrage. When I decided to take up teaching and make a difference, I never thought ...

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