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Lecturers need more respect for the hours they put in

Don Mudd (NCE 20 March) agrees that 18 hours of preparation is about par for 1 hour of classroom teaching but says his first year’s preparation served him for the next 18 years.

Well that was then!

Teaching National Certificate and HNC means a specification change, often at very short notice, every five years.

It is probable that the assessment mechanisms will need to be revised annually and then entirely re-written; the effect on taught content may be less.

College employers require new tutors to pursue a teaching qualification on top of their technical teaching, producing an extra, and significant, workload.

From the end of this month, there is a legal requirement to do this.

Last year I kept a record for the seven classes I taught. I had over 600 assignments to mark and feed back between October and June. I enjoy my work and would recommend it, but, for your own sake, you must be able to cope with it – which is why I opted for part-time.

The job is especially demanding if, at the same time, you are trying to hold down a full-time job.

RODNEY BRAY (M), construction lecturer,

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