It’s 9pm on a Saturday. It’s cold outside, the fire is lit, and it’d be an ideal time to be kicking back reading a great piece of fiction or watching a movie.
Alas, what’s in front of me isn’t a book or a bowl of popcorn; there are piles of books, folders and exam papers. It’s our subject review next week, I’m being observed on Monday and there are learning walks on Tuesday. As a result, my weekend is decidedly less leisurely than normal.
As a teacher, I know that high workload is crippling teachers across the country. Endless marking (books, mock exams, assessments, single marking, triple marking, upside-down-standing-on-your-head marking…), changes to specifications, SATs preparation, Ofsted preparation, appraisal, reviews, learning walks and scrutiny of every aspect of teaching often mean that the actual teaching portion of the job is the smallest focal point of any day.