Cut down contact;Letter

24th December 1999 at 00:00
AN EFFECTIVE way to help stressed teachers (TES, December 10) would be to give them more "non-contact time".

A recent survey of our members revealed that top of their list of measures that would enhance their working conditions was more non-teaching time in the working week. In its 1999 evidence to the School Teachers' Review Body, the Professional Association of Teachers called for non-contact time to be made a reality as well as a right for all teachers.

Most teachers have far too much work to do after school. They need time in the school day to be able to work with colleagues on planning and curriculum development. How can they undertake successful training and development if there is no time for teachers to meet? There should be an entitlement to the equivalent of one day in five for non-contact time.

Kay Driver

General secretary

Professional Association of Teachers

2 St James Court

Friar Gate, Derby

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