Home truths

28th September 2001 at 01:00
IF there is no crisis in teaching, why am I writing this from home?

Until the end of the 2001 summer term I was a full-time, teaching head of small rural primary in Shropshire. I was in my post for six years. During that time, the paper workload increased as did the burden of accountability. I have seen my job become virtually impossible. I had one office day a week - the rest of the time I had to be head before and after school, in my lunch hour and when not doing playground duty.

When I found myself working till 10pm most nights and at weekends, I decided it would be better to give up the job I loved. Too young to retire, I have no pension or income - this is how desperate some teachers have become.

Angie Tuer

Townshend Cottage, 25 Salop St, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

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