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

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now