Former head touches a nerve when he warns of teachers withdrawing their overtime

The TES is reporting that hundreds of teachers have taken to social media to warn that they could withdraw the “goodwill” they show in working hundreds of hours of overtime every month.

Yesterday, educationist and former head Colin Harris wrote a piece for TES in which he warned that the school system was over-dependent on teachers being prepared to go above and beyond their contracted hours. It was unsustainable, he warned.

It was only a matter of time before something in the system snapped, Mr Harris added.

“The reality is that nearly 60 hours per teacher per week has become a norm,” he wrote. “No wonder teachers struggle to achieve a work-life balance. If teacher’s pay reflected this work, it might help – but that is not the case. Half of a teacher’s time is not being paid for.

“It comes at a cost. Inevitably, it leads to absenteeism and affects teachers’ wellbeing. We are storing up problems for the future. We have created a vicious circle.

“As such, teachers are looking outside the profession for better pay and recognition. We don’t want to see a withdrawal of teachers ‘goodwill’ as inevitable. Teachers don’t ask for much, but is it too much to expect recognition for the wonderful job they do day in day out?”

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Stating the obvious but clearly not obvious enough for educationgovuk ministers JustineGreening and NickGibbMP

  2. ballater6

    educationbear many teachers are over burdened by the amount of paper work they have to do -most are conscientious, but feel it’s too much

  3. andylutwyche SchoolsImprove educationgovuk JustineGreening NickGibbMP But teachers go home at 3 and have long holidays, don’t they?   It’s never been recognised that planning, marking,writing reports etc has to be done sometime.  And if a teacher teaches all day then this work  has to be done outside classroom hours.   If Gibb is so fond of Shanghai, he should implement their policy of allowing teachers a great deal of non-contact time during school time for planning.

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