I have three unpaid training days before term starts. I do not have to attend and not all support staff will, however I know that should a redundancy situation occur those who attended will be looked upon favourably. Also, I have moved classes and the new classroom is nowhere near ready, so I feel that I should go in on all three days. Do any of you get paid for training days? Attending unpaid has never bothered me in the past, but given that my salary had been frozen for several years now, whilst the cost have living has risen significantly, I am starting to really wish I could be paid wages for these days. Especially as I generally work an extra few hours every week, unpaid, just so I can keep on top of all the jobs that need doing once the pupils have gone home. I know that this situation is not likely to change and that most support staff work longer than their salaried hours. (I know that there are many support staff who work more extra hours a week than me !) It seems to me that most schools are relying on free labour to some extent. I work at a fantastic school and the head does not pressure support staff to work extra. It is just a fact that lots of out of school activities and events rely on the goodwill and willingness of all staff to work unpaid.