Workload storm is brewing
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