Work overload

6th February 1998 at 00:00
The Government's proposals to extend the school day and reduce school holidays show a complete ignorance of the work teachers do away from the classroom.

I took early retirement last summer due to deteriorating health caused by an impossible workload.

During the latter stages of my career as a junior school teacher I often worked seven days a week trying to cope with the ever-increasing demands of the national curriculum.

Instead of extending the school day, the Government should create extra jobs for more back-up, administrative and support staff in schools so that teachers can put renewed energy into actually teaching.

PETER REED 3 Sydney Court 135 Hook Road Surbiton Surrey

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