From the forums

8th March 2013 at 00:00

Too much overtime?

How you responded to " 'Overworked' staff clock up #163;7bn of unpaid labour", TES 1 March (bit.lyYFmWCu):

Commitment comes at a price. I think it is like a drug. Just say no.


So, can we have the bankers' bonuses? They get them just for turning up.


I would be busy preparing PowerPoints this Friday evening, of course, instead of watching Keeping Mum, making sarky comments on TES Connect and drinking my standard two glasses of red before oblivion falls - if only someone had disseminated some good practice in my direction in terms of how to use them. It's sad - sometimes life seems nothing but a succession of missed opportunities.


In the school holidays, your payslip will also say that you work 31.5 hours per week. Is that true, do you think, for most teachers? In other words, the long hours teachers work in term time are balanced by the shorter hours they work during holiday times.


When I was in a salaried job, before teaching, I worked a set amount of hours. Anything over that was viewed as unnecessary. Weirdly, I was reprimanded for going over the number of hours a few times.


I have always seen the holidays as a perk of the job - if you work in a bank you can get preferential mortgage rates, in a shop a discount, in transport a reduction in travel costs and so on. Yes, we get 13 weeks' holiday from work a year, but so what?


What is the answer? Standardise working hours for teachers. We could then make an argument over workload, in that if what we are required to do does not fit into those hours, it needs to be addressed. The wishy-washy directed time hours, plus the extra to get the job done, is no good to anyone.

the davy lamp

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