Workload storm is brewing

9th September 2005 at 01:00
Where are all the "jackpot" winners in the workforce agreement lottery ("Primary staff hit workload jackpot", TES, August 19)? All has gone quiet on the workload front but that will change now that schools have reopened.

Pre-term meetings have been held and the 10 per cent guaranteed planning, preparation and assessment time has not been incorporated into the 2005 06 timetable in most primary schools. I am sure Mick Brookes, of the National Association of Head Teachers, will support this view.

Primaries cannot afford the appropriate number of classroom assistants to provide teaching staff with their contractual 10 per cent.

In November, when re-sits take place in secondary schools, how many teachers will be asked to invigilate exams? When the colds and flu strike after half-term, the 38 hours' contractual cover will disappear behind smoke and mirrors just like it did last year.

Which teacher union will be the first to support the teacher who takes on his or her headteacher alleging a breach of the workforce agreement?

I predict there will be fireworks before November.

Tony Callaghan 57 Portland Street Norwich

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