The TES is reporting that teacher training should put the emphasis on workload management, says Sir Andrew Carter, adding that staff who ‘brag’ about long hours are not setting a good example to trainees.
Trainees should be told that working 12 to 13 hours a day is “unreasonable” and schools should “get smart” with planning initiatives said Sir Andrew Carter, chief executive of the South Farnham Educational Trust.
Sir Andrew, who chaired a government-commissioned review of initial teacher training, said he’d heard teachers talk about starting work at 5am, or working until midnight, in front of trainees.
Speaking at the Girls’ School Association (GSA) annual conference, he said: “There are trainees wishing to join our profession listening to these mad people talking about and bragging about work.
“Clever people don’t need to work that long… We pulled children out of the mines once. We must take teachers out of the same mines that we put the children into.
“I just think that sometimes in schools you do have to look very carefully [at workload] because it is the biggest factor – it is bigger than behaviour – of why people leave.
Speaking to TES after his speech, he said schools had a big role to play too: “If a school is expecting teachers to work 12 to 13 hours a day, and in the evenings and at the weekends, that is unreasonable, and they will go. You have got to get smart in your planning.”
It seems to be quite common that teachers work incredibly long hours. Is this really necessary? Do any of you work less hours than your colleagues? How can teachers be managing their time better? Let us know your thoughts below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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