Hi, I want some honest advice on exactly how bad the practice is that I am about to describe. I'm torn whether or not to inform my union about this as it is making my job impossible and affecting my home life and personal health. OK, so I work in a primary school in Year 5. I'm fairly new to the school, but I'm not new to teaching. I've got 13 years under my belt in three other schools. I've never seen anything like this. The school boost Year 6's in Literacy and Maths ready for their SATS. The boosting starts tomorrow. But instead of setting up booster groups after school, or using available staff to divide the Year 6's into groups, they go about it in an insane way. Every class teacher from Y3 to Y5 comes out of their own timetabled maths lessons every day of the week and takes a small group of Year 6s. That teacher's own class are left with a TA who delivers work left by the class teacher. This arrangement exists every day from now until the start of SATs week, so in effect 4 months!! In other words, the Y3, Y4 and Y5 teachers do not teach their own children maths at all for four months. TAs do it instead. To further add to the lunacy, the entire school has been put on a programme called Read Write Inc, which is a very good intervention programme for raising literacy standards. However, we are not using it as an intervention - we are using it as a whole school programme. It has REPLACED literacy. Some groups are taught by teachers, some groups by TAs. We're talking 180 kids here. So I now teach 6 of my own Year 5 class their Literacy.... the other 20 are spread far and wide throughout school, doing who knows what with TAs and teachers at various levels. None of these groups were formed via teacher assessment... every group was based on how the kids performed on a three minute Read Write Inc initial assessment form. So I have some bright kids in a poor group because they flunked the inital assessment, and some struggling kids in too high a group because they can read sounds (even though they can't spell or write for toffee!!!!) The head says if we're concerned we don't see enough of our kids, we should drop PE and Topic and nicey-nice things in the afternoons and do EXTRA Literacy and Maths, in order to have an idea where they are at. And, to top it all off, due to poor SATs results last year we have to send some data to the authority every MONTH to show the rate of Maths and Literacy progress of every child. If a class seems to be making slow progress, the teacher is held accountable and could be brought up on a "capability" charge if standards aren't good enough.... yep, even though we don't teach our own classes. This angers me and eats me up every minute of every day, and it's ruining my life. Can a school be run like this??? Lots of people are grumbling but no-one has the balls to sort it, so I'm finding out just how far off acceptable this is before I take the plunge and bring the union guns in.