A colleague pointed this out to me today when I told him of the proposal by some Think Tank about taking a week off our much needed holidays to be replaced by a week of INSET. I don't know if any of us could survive that! On a serious point, why is it that other professions are treated with more respect but we seem to be getting kicked all the time? The papers always pick on our profession as we seem easy targets. Teachers in Scotland are ALL graduates so we should be paid and treated accordingly or else there will be a brain drain which we hear when we want to tackle the banks, or doctors or whoever. Teaching has to be an attractive career or else there will be no-one coming in. The holidays are a perk of the job, but as we all know we really need them. I will also wager that the vast majority of teachers are cream crackered on a Friday night and go to their bed reasonably early and sleep in late on a Saturday. Because they are spent. On another note I am also sick and fed up of having to do paperwork and admin jobs which classroom assistants and office staff should be doing. I don't know about you but in our school you'd think the office workers were the ones with the degrees and the office manager acts like she runs the school. I do blame our headteacher for that as he should put her in her place. I know a few old heads who would not put up with her petty attitude and the downright lack of manners that comes over from the office staff en masse. There is a cultural issue I believe. They need to go on a customer care/people skills course.