Gove announced a few days ago that he wants to lengthen the school day, open schools on Saturdays, and reduce the school holidays. He has bizarrely (and patronisingly) suggested that teachers would welcome the increased workload:
“If you love your job then there is, I think, absolutely nothing to complain about in making sure you have more of a chance to do it well.”I do actually quite like my job most of the time, but there's only so much being-in-charge-of-twenty-plus-children I can actually physically and mentally cope with. The two main reasons I became part time were:
- I wanted to achieve other things for my own personal satisfaction and not just spend all my time being a teacher.
- I was exhausted all of the time when I used to be full time and it made me hate my job.
The real effect of these proposed changes, of course, would be to demoralise and tire teachers out even more, making many of them worse at their jobs, and put more pressure on students to achieve ever increasing numbers of qualifications.
Schools would be under more pressure to achieve and maintain their league table positions, exacerbating the culture we already have of teaching children to pass more and more exams at ever increasing rates without ever actually educating them.
So obviously I think "The Reality of a Teacher's Day" group is a super idea. If you know any teachers please do let them know about it. If you're a teacher yourself then start submitting those timesheets!