Good news for the paper boy

4th August 2006 at 01:00
If we want a six-term year, then surely pay and conditions have to change "Why six is the new three" (TES, July 21)? We would need six resignation dates and six term start dates. This would effectively enable teachers to give one month's notice.

However, six resignation dates would increase disruption and the need to cover classes when colleagues get jobs close to a resignation date. This would create more headaches for leaders and timetablers.

I am, however, sure my paper boy would appreciate a six-term year if it led to a more even spread of vacancies across the academic year; it must be a nightmare to deliver The TES in April with all the extra job sections.

Matthew Pike 14 Colston Crescent West Bridgford, Nottingham

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