Increases fail to fund reforms
In South Gloucestershire we expect between 1 and 2 per cent to be available to fund PPA. This will not cover the cost of 10 per cent non-contact time for teachers in my school. As the colleagues from Tunbridge Wells Network learning community noted (TES, December 10) the only way to find that funding shortfall is to cut the funding of another area of the budget; for example, resources, training or leadership and management time.
Workload reforms can be made to work but the cost of their implementation should be funded or the result will be larger classes, poorly equipped classrooms and eventually a fall in the quality of learning. This cannot support the raising of standards.
Jon Barr. Headteacher. The Meadows primary school. Bitton. South Gloucestershire