I am married to a primary school teacher. Sunday's used to be family days. Now? Every Sunday has become a full workday. It began by stealth - just a few hours each Sunday afternoon but now, with increasing pressure on planning and observations, it has become a full 8 hour day.
Teachers work 195 days each year in school. For our family, this has risen to 234 days inc. Sunday. Given that there are 260 working days in a year, 8 of which are public/bank holidays, that leaves just 252 working days left. So, as a family, we have no full weekends for 39 weeks of the year and only 18 working days - less than four working weeks - remaining. Should this relentless drive to impose such a burden on teachers really be allowed to continue unchecked?
How many children and spouses of parents have become unwilling victims of this intolerable workload?
How many teachers are suffering the impact upon their health by taking medication in order to survive? Can we really class ourselves as a "civilised society" when we treat dedicated professionals like this?
Our teachers have become data slaves to an education system that has lost sight of how to measure "what a good teacher is'' without a spread sheet.
Please, Sir, give me back my wife.