ATL president Kim Knappett says excessive workload and constant changes impact on teachers’ time with pupils
South-east London-born and based Kim Knappett takes office today and will at a reception on Thursday set out the issues she is most passionate about during her presidential year.
A science teacher for almost 30 years, Kim believes that the government needs to give teachers:
· the ‘time’ to do the work that matters to students and has an impact on them;
· the space to ‘talk’ to colleagues, to share concepts, to solve problems and to develop new ideas; · and, most of all, to ‘trust’ education professionals to know what is best and let them get on with the job.
Mrs Knappett said: “With teachers’ excessive workload and the constant changes to education, teachers are left with little time do the things that really count with their students. As a teacher, I know personally that the night before teaching I sometimes have to spend time doing things that I know will not really impact my students, and there are more effective things I could do.
“That is why I want teachers to be able to re-claim the time they need to do the job they, as educational professionals, know inside-out. I also want the government to trust teachers to get on with the job. We’ve lost trust from the government; we need to look at how we can get it back.
“Teachers also don’t get time to talk anymore; it’s one of the big changes I’ve seen in 30 years. There used to be time to sit in the staffroom and talk; we used to share ideas, we used to share resources, which we don’t do now because there isn’t time to talk.”
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