16th October 2009 at 01:00

CfE workload

Posted by Danica

Is anyone out there finding the workload, in implementing Curriculum for Excellence, overwhelming? We have a new head, and we were supposedly far behind in terms of CfE implementation from our old HT, but the pace in which we are expected to catch up is ridiculous. Teachers are spending ages on new planning, developing personal learning plans for literacy, numeracy, health and well-being, and making up resources for Active Learning activities!! No one is leaving before 6pm and people are working late at night when at home!!! No work-life balance. Is the EIS going to address this?

Posted by misterroy

They already have. You only work a 35-hour week. Anything you put in beyond that is your choice.

Posted by carol75

Did you see the article in The TESS last week about working hours? Basically it said that the average primary teacher works 51.2 hours a week and the average secondary teacher works 50.4 hours a week.

Posted by danica

I don't work a 35-hour week - more like 50 hours. If I was to stick to a 35-hour week and log my hours, I would not get all the other things the SMT want. We should make a stand and only do the hours we are meant to do. There was one teacher who stuck to only doing what she could in her 35 hours - she's off sick with stress after being victimised and bullied for being unco-operative.

Posted by GuessWho

Around the time that McCrone was implemented, our school wanted us to log the length of time spent on activities unrelated to basic class contact so that it could see whether the third of contact time (7.5 hours) allocated to non-teaching duties was enough or too much. I took account of all the things that I did which were over and above my 22.5 contact time (report cards, parents' nights, day-to-day marking, major exam marking, unit tests and assessments, reporting to other agencies, supported study as well as extra-curricular stuff which, though voluntary, do help with ethos within a school). When the total, spread over 39 weeks, far exceeded the 35 hours per week that we should be working, the logging system was abandoned. With moves afoot to abandon next year's pay rise and ignore national agreements re contact time in the event of swine flu spreading, CfE may be one of the first casualties., then click on forums and opinion.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now