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During 2009 we surveyed schools to find out how teachers were finding things, especially as the government's aim was to 'reduce workload'
Some schools are very positive, but it is important that teachers are aware from other schools how it works elsewhere.
For example, there is no need for there to be more than one sixty minute management organised meeting per week. Schools try to suggest that this is impossible. But it is not impossible and happens in some locations
The information that follows explains this particualar school. Please contact us if things have chan ged or if there are any concerns to raise.

Teachers Covering

Teachers still have to accomodate split classes. There is not a structure in place that ensures that teachers 'rarely cover' ie in an emergency.

Meeting arrangements

Teachers are expected to attend meetings well in excess of 60 minutes per week

PPA time

Is sometimes cancelled at short notice. It is sometimes re-allocated

Lesson Observations

Does follow Lambeth's agreed protocol


Has not been reduced in past two years

Changing for the better?

Fenstanton Primary School is situated close to Tulse Hill and educates a very diverse community. The staff are experienced and in general meet the challenge like anywhere else.

Unfortunately, in its usual bungled wisdom, the Local Authority has chosen to demolish the school and rebuild it on a smaller siteand construct a secondary Academy - all on the same site with roof-top playgrounds!

The children who attend are from neighbouring estates, often without adequate play areas. The new site will be tiny and crammed from the point of view of the children.

The only rationale is that the Abbotts Road site is large enough for a privately managed Academy, rather than a facility for the local community

Now, with all the issues at stake, there is talk of Fenstanton Primary school seeking Academy status. We shall be pursuing this one.
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