At the weekend I met up with some of the ladies I did my PGCE with. Although a jolly night out I came home feeling that they saw me as a bit of a mug. One thing I heard from all of them was "How many meetings?" and "You have to do WHAT?" Apparently none of them have Pupil Progress meetings EVERY term; no one has these meetings after school or before school - either they meet in school hours and their lessons are covered or they do it at lunchtime; all had a weekly staff meeting but all but myself and one other only had an hours meeting , not an hour and a half ; none of the others were forced to do an After School Club and only a couple had Team Meetings, but these were always at lunchtime, never after school. They all advised talking to my union rep. and having a look at STPCD, the Burgandy book. I spoke to the Union Rep who shrugged and said, "Yeah, I know but the Head will just tell you are have contractual obligations. You won't get it changed." I felt this was both negative and worrying. Surely all teachers contracts are standard? Surely they have to be agreed by a union? Surely a contract cannot over-ride STPCD, the Burgandy book? I have worked out that all my meetings plus running an after school club means I am doing over 100 extra "directed" hours a year (nearly 3 hours a week) before I even think about marking, planning, assessment etc! Surely that can't be right? What do others think?