So it’s been and gone and I’ve lived to tell the tale. On my way in to school I had got myself in a positive mindset and promised myself that whatever happened, I would end the day smiling.
I arrived this morning considerably more worried about the state of my classroom and lack of planning for the week than when I left last night.
So the life of ‘Mr Evans’ has begun. Today was a day I didn’t really know how to feel about.
In 2003, ATL signed Raising standards and tackling workload: a national agreement with the DfES (now the Department for Children, Schools and Families), the GMB, NAHT, NASUWT, NEOST, PAT, SHA, TGWU, UNISON and WAG in order to improve the work-life balance of teachers, after many years of raising concerns over excessive teacher workload. Whilst the national agreement has undoubtedly brought benefits to teachers, it has not had the significant impact on reducing working hours originally envisaged, which could be achieved if fully implemented in all schools.