(Original post by rhean18)
Are you currently training/teaching? That's really helpful and I'm glad someone feels the same about TES/news outlets, it's all very political rather than focusing on the issue at hand which makes it harder to understand.
My current school suggested the new curriculum (changing to mastery- the issues this has imposed on schools), but to be honest I don't quite understand that.
Do you think speaking about teachers workload would be controversial?
Thanks so much by the way!
I'm a primary NQT in Year 6... in a county that has the 11+. I guess that sort of issue could be raised - the whole grammar school malarky that Theresa May has been going on about, and how grammar schools are selective in a ridiculous way. Since children can still be trained to pass the 11+, grammar schools are still seen as elitist, because poorer children's parents probably can't afford to pay for tuition.
Speaking about teacher workload would not be controversial, not really. It will show an awareness of what being a teacher truly entails. The workload is pretty ridiculous, truthfully. I mean, I only have a class of 22 students, but I spend at least an hour marking one set of books, and that's only if I'm scanning for spelling mistakes and writing a comment about what they have done well - it is usually about 1.5 hours if I am quality marking.
On top of that, obviously I spend 6 hours or so with the children, meaning hours of teaching lessons. Those lessons have to be planned, obviously, so I have to spend time doing that, and gathering resources for those lessons. These resources are supposed to be tailored to the lesson and the class, so I generally have to make a lot of the maths ones from scratch. And the science ones. And some of the Topic ones too. A day of PPA and NQT time isn't any where near enough to get all these things done.
Then add onto that the files that I have to keep up to date, like the SEN folder, the reading folder, the planning folder. As an NQT, I'm only shadowing a subject leader, but I will be taking on the leadership of that subject from next September, so I have a big enough role at the moment to keep me busy, as I have to learn what it entails.
I know this doesn't sound like very much, when you write it all like this. But I work more than 60 hours a week, and I still don't get everything on my list done. There are still things left to do every single day, and it doesn't get done because I force myself to come home before I get thrown out of school, and force myself to sit and relax a bit in the evenings.
And if that's the workload I am expected to do (which, I'm told, it isn't!), then I will do it. But I have absolutely no idea how teachers who work less than 60 hours a week manage to get the job done well... not saying they don't, I just don't know how they do it!