Quote: Originally Posted by Joan Archer
Schools over here always start on odd days, the silliest is when they start on a Thursday so they've only got 2 days that week. They call them teacher training days or some such name, if the teachers don't know what they're doing now don't give out much hope for the students learning anything.
joan, the teachers have so much more to do these days , they have to gen up on new curriculum, new health and saftey risk assesment stuff, gear up for the new term ,get the classrooms ready for the new term, do their lesson planning ,this actually has to be prepped on the computer and uploaded to the school server so that if they are off ill ,then a supply teacher can continue the lessons and keep the continuity ,they have to be genned up on ofsted (visits) the teachers have targets they have to achieve ,and the pressure on them to do so is immense ,also the big reason is when the kids go back after a holiday they are buzzing with their friends and catching up ,so this done when they start the following monday they can knuckle down and get on with it.
and also when school finishes at 3.00pm or 3.15 the kids leave and the teachers have to do school clubs etc and stay until 6ish.
although a teacher gets a good wage they certainly earn it.
it used to rank the highest stress jobs alongside the police
my father was the principle of his department and had three heart attacks ,the third one finished him off.
i was until september the chair of governors for my daughters school .
there is always something new to learn whatever age we are ,the day we think we know it all we are finished.
Rant over ,not aimed at you joan.
just the crazy school system and lack of funds for schools get me going.