More pressure, less achieved

18th October 1996 at 01:00
I was very interested that a lot of heads seem to think they cannot do anything to reduce workload for teachers (TES, October 4).

This is obviously true up to a point, but it is well known that some heads put a lot more pressure on their staff than others, yet achieve less. Some insist on staff having large numbers of lengthy staff meetings after school. I know one primary school where they have one hour-long staff meeting a fortnight and whose teachers do not have to hand in weekly forecasts or plans to the head. Another school, in the same authority, has a two-hour staff meeting every week, and the head expects the staff to have plans ready for her weekly, which she "marks" and returns to the teachers. The former school got a "very good" from the Office for Standards in Education, the latter was "OK".

MARK HELLEN

56 Bowthorpe Road Norwich Norfolk

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