While one leader will break the law...

6th May 2005 at 01:00
Derek Twigg, schools minister, made it clear at the conference there would be no new cash for the workforce deal.

But the debate over planning, preparation and assessment time will only intensify as the September deadline approaches.

Chris Williams, headteacher of Old Sodbury CE primary in South Gloucestershire, put it bluntly: "I am going to break the law. Please help me." He also said he would strangle the next person who told him to be creative.

He said he was not prepared to see standards lowered by putting people who are not qualified teachers in front of children.

The 85-pupil village school has an annual budget of around pound;240,000 and has seen its reserves of pound;25,000 - cash that was being used to pay one of four teachers - fall to only pound;1,000.

The teacher involved is being made redundant and Mr Williams will then have to spend more time in the classroom. He says implementing the deal "would only make things worse".

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