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Are you a happy bunny?

Does work really bug you? Do you face serious problems or just petty irritations? Jill Parkin helps you assess your situation.

1 You're spending more of your breaktime in the classroom and less in the staffroom. This is because ...

A You've got to catch up on your seemingly never-ending records and marking.

B That new head of department has swiped your favourite chair.

C You buy your own copy of The TES and you feel you need a quiet time to sort out the timetable for next year.

D You'll be right back as soon as you've finished off smartening up the classroom for next week's open day.

2 You're not looking forward to parents' evening because ...

A The parents expect literacy and numeracy ages, which means lots of assessments.

B You'll just grit your teeth and agree their offspring are geniuses.

C The head's appointment system is a recipe for chaos.

D It's not so bad; it's just that you never get to see the parents you really need to see.

3 Ofsted has lambasted a colleague's unimaginative teaching approach. Do you? ...

A Feel angry that they expect imagination as well - on top of everything else.

B Have the foresight to do something new and challenging with your classes that week.

C Reckon you could organise a really fruitful in-service training day on creative teaching.

D Take the colleague for a drink and agree that Ofsted is run by a load of prats.

4 Your subject is next for curriculum development. So ...

A You go along to the meeting and find out what is expected of you. Too much, of course.

B You've got ideas but somehow doubt anyone will take any notice.

C You're heading the committee, you've scheduled the meetings and, by golly, it's going to be really good!

D You do a short paper on your main idea.

5 At a school inclusiveness meeting one of the parents says the brightest children are ignored. You think ...

A There may be something in this, but there aren't enough learning assistants for the less able.

B Same old story. This head's against sets anyway.

C Let's find out whether this is true. Perhaps the university's department of education could devise some tests.

D It's not true in my class and anyone's welcome to check it out.

6 The head gets money for professional development. You suggest...

A I haven't got time for professional development.

B A sabbatical term that would allow me to to study the latest in my subject would be really great.

C Could I swing a county hall attachment or perhaps one of those OU professional courses?

D Can we pool thoughts on what might be useful?

7 The NQT is quite clearly struggling with his workload. You say ...

A Welcome to the real world, mate. We're all struggling.

B I can give you a few survival tips.

C As your mentor, I think your work is within the guidelines, but we'll look at it.

D Come to the pub after work on Friday and we'll talk it over.

8. You're being driven mad by an ambitious colleague. This is because ...

A My own ambition is to get through each week.

B I don't really know, but it makes me feel restless and irritable.

C He's trying to do it by currying favour instead of constructively working to the school's plan.

D He's turning into a backstabber.

9 The summer holidays are here. You feel ...

A Relieved, exhausted, profoundly glad to hear no more bells.

B Pleased enough, I suppose, but every year's the same.

C Glad of the chance to read some of the school management theory bumph you've accumulated over the past year.

D Fabulous, wonderful!

10 You happen to bump into a career consultant one day at your neighbour's barbecue. Do you? ...

A Say you wish you'd had an aptitude test at school.

B Steer clear because you don't want to be analysed.

C Ask what it's like being a consultant.

D Have fun exchanging barbecue horror stories - after all, who wants to talk shop?

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