Summertime workload blues

19th August 2005 at 01:00
Enjoying the holidays? You must be kidding. For many teachers the summer break is no longer six weeks of relaxation. It has become common practice to spend the first week "catching up" and the final week trying to "get ahead". For many secondary teachers, exam results require additional days "in the office".

For headteachers it is even worse. Instead of recharging batteries after 12-hour days, summer is taken up by paperwork created by the central government machine.

At least classroom teachers' hours are down (page 3) - though a 50-hour week is still far too long. With the workforce agreement seemingly paying dividends, it is time to do something to ease the burden on headteachers and their long-suffering deputies.

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