At a recent Lewisham NUT training day, I asked school reps to tell me what they thought were the main issues that colleagues were concerned about. Once again, workload was the main concern - although closely followed by fears about performance-pay and 'capability' (both being used as ways to bully staff into maintaining their excessive workload):
Lewisham NUT reps reported that teachers were working even more - typically around 63 hours a week, although one reported a 71 hour week:
What was taking up all that time? Reps gave an approximate analysis to answer the question:
Even allowing for a range of experiences, what's clear is that EVERY teacher is reporting more than a 48-hour week. Yet that's what the Government says is the maximum working week for any worker (and even that's hardly a reasonable 'work/life balance' ):
So, isn't it about time schools stopped breaking the law?
If you want to use these slides to help discuss excessive workload in your school, download them from: https://goo.gl/Onu0Ok