Without a doubt, the major cause of poor retention, low recruitment and illness is excessive workload practices in schools. This does not have to be the case!
I'm going to avoid the horrendous statistics and focus on the positives and the tools we can use to campaign for a fairer workload. Speaking at a recent Fair Workload Conference in Nottingham, Jeremy Hannay gave an inspirational talk titled
Last month we were privileged to have Colleen Johnson as a guest speaker at our general meeting. You will have seen the article on the meeting in last month's City Teacher. This article expands on the information in that article.
The Equalities Act of 2010 combined a number of previous pieces of legislation. One of these was the old Disabilities Discrimination Act which protected people with various disabilities from being unfairly treated at work. Unfortunately the term 'disabled' is often viewed as pejorative, and the perceived stigma discourages people from identifying themselves as disabled. In reality it would be far better if we considered people as having different but equally important abilities in the same way we consider people of different race or sexual orientation to be different but equal.
It was the first of December. The Senior Leadership team at Jacob Marley Free School for Incompetent Teachers had issued the official Christmas duties list. The list was emailed to each teacher and teaching assistant marked URGENT. It was also stapled to each classroom door, so no-one could claim not to know.
Comprehensive daily planning for all subject areas for the Spring Term was to be handed in, in triplicate, not later than Monday 18th December. All staff were required to have completed the marking of the end-of-term tests (taken on December 22nd) by Boxing Day, with grades and comments to be submitted onto the progress tracker by no later than 4pm so that unsatisfactory grades could be used to assess pay for January.
There has been a lot of discussion recently about the disparity between The City and County school holiday patterns. A look at the 1967 Annual Report would suggest that these discussions go back at least fifty years.
Minaz, and other young teachers, may also be interested to see that it is also the fiftieth anniversary of the first NUT Young Teachers' Conference, and it was held in Leicester!
Following our concerns about Fullhurst Community College's probationary policy, we thought that you might be interested in this article from The Mercury.
Melisa Mujkanovic, a teacher at Crown Hill Community College, was featured in July's The Teacher. In it she talks about fleeing from Bosnia and building a new life in Leicester.