From the cutting edge

1st July 2005 at 01:00
As someone who describes himself as being "pretty much at the cutting edge of remodelling" Chris Henstock's first reaction to the new TLR payments was one of resentment.

The head of Lutterworth upper, Leicestershire, felt he had already focused his 145 teachers on their core roles and there was little left to do.

But on closer reflection he realised that as head of a 2,000- pupil school with 60 per cent of teachers on management allowances, he had a bigger job than most. He would have to look again at the job descriptions of deputy heads of departments to give them a clearer emphasis on coaching and mentoring.

He thinks there may also be some budgetary difficulties because of the higher value of TLRs.

He said: "I think teachers here are going to be reasonably fortunate. They will have some significant changes in their job description and they may lose or gain small amounts of money. But by and large we are confident that most teachers on management allowances will receive a TLR."

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