A key union aim has always been control of workload and local talks have emphasised that. It is a legitimate concern. But how far should deals spell out precise timings that limit activities and where does the new professionlism begin and end? These are important, and unravelling, matters.
School sports enthusiasts, for example, are being pulled in different directions (page five). They want teachers, including themselves, to commit time to school activities - either within the hours or outwith - but they recognise the demands of the new professionalism. Teachers will spend more time on courses, pursuing their careers and the hard educational agenda, probably at the expense of the extracurricular.
There is a commonsense approach in Dumfries and Galloway's post-McCrone agreement, published this week, which declares: "This is a trial year and it is unlikely that answers will be found to all issues which arise."
Something about pint-pots comes to mind.