I've just been paid for my first ever round of SATs marking and won't be doing it again. I worked out that I earned just under £5 per hour. Even though I finished just over 98% of my allocation, the final salary was certainly nowhere near 98% of the amount stated on my contract; in fact it was just under 80%. For the hours I put in - and I'm not shy of hard work (I'm a teacher after all!) - I was actually waking up in the morning not wanting to do it, as I knew I had a full ten hours ahead of me before sinking into a hot bath to get rid of the stiffness of sitting in one position for most of the day. It states in the Marker Hub recommendations: 'Do not mark when tired'..... seriously? Lord knows how full-time teachers manage! I most sincerely take my hat off to them. I really do. No wonder I don't want to go back into the classroom after thirty years of teaching, with this 'Govian' ideal in place. The man has wrecked our education system. I was going to insert 'almost' wrecked there but no, he has wrecked it and I want to be no part of it. We're teaching our primary children stuff which I never touched on at all or learnt much later at GCSE level, in some cases, along with another load of new 'buzz words' and ever-changing jargon. The Numeracy Strategy taught children a variety of ways to tackle their work so they could choose a way that gave them more understanding. Now they are restricted to certain 'formal methods (aka archaic methods, in my opinion). A few more methodologies and a good few billions of pounds later, and our children are no better off. Spend the money on more teachers, smaller classes etc. Simplistic but I think we have to simplify a lot in today's Britain and stop trying to pretend we're something we definitely aren't...… notice I didn't put the Great before Britain. I'd have to be desperate for money to do the SATs marking again and all it's done is make me realise what a disservice we're doing to our next generation, as well as leaving me out-of-pocket!