Just for the anonymous coward, posting "Absolute rubbish!
Secondary school teachers have more than enough free time, at maximum they have 25 hours interaction time per week, leaving a MINIMUM of 10 hours (After compulsory tea breaks) for marking, lesson plans, and anything else required of them, not to mention several "Inset" days set aside for training and administration work.
From my own experience working in a school, the teachers would rather spend their 10 hours sitting in the staff room having a chat or browsing the internet than to actually do what is required of them.
What other employment requires absolutely no knowledge of what you are doing, offers13 weeks paid holiday and a £5k starting bonus?"
Dunno what planet you've been working on, but I've just finished my marking and preparation for tonight and it is now 2am. Your communts are utter tosh. These 25 hours you mention refers to the teaching time. Am equal amount of time is often spent marking and preparing work. We haven't even got onto effective report writing, dealing with behaviour management, long term planning, curriculum development, dealing with constantly changing exam syllabi and much more. I certainly won't claim that teachers get is harder than many other professionals but your comments about timing are wrong and entirely mistaken. There is also no £5k bonus unfortunately, nor any of the other benefits you suggest. Quite honestly the holidays are extremely good but you have to be a teacher to appreciate the pressures that you are put under. Then you won't moan about the holidays at all.
My concern about this latest government initiaitive is how well it is going to be funded and supported. The current systems used as examples cost schools thousands of pounds. If some whole scale, expensive system is imposed on schools without adequate training, planning and provision it simply won't work as well as it could.
Ideal if it streamlines the reporting processes, allows useful contact between parents and teachers and allows parents to track their own child's progress. However, I really have to be convinced about the practical reality.