So I'm totting up hours and the like, for next year.
Our timetable consists of 7 x 40 min lessons a day.
There are around 7 'severe' kids who will need 1:1 or at least 2:1 support from me next year. I'll give them 3 lessons each, any less and you don't get the consistency for progress. 21 lessons.
Then there's 5 lessons of Curriculum Support in the middle school and 3 lessons of flexible Year 9 support...that's 29 lessons. Admin, allow 6 lessons, that's the same as I've had this year...not ideal but it'll have to do....so...all up 35 lessons! Perfect!
With a sense of smug satisfaction and nagging amazement that it has worked out so well, I saunter out to ask my colleague if I have missed anyone.
"So, I've worked it all out and it adds up exactly to 35 lessons per week!"
She looks at me curiously, at about the same as the lightbulb goes on in my head.
"But Arizaphale, you only work FOUR days a week."