On Friday, Louise met with local teachers in Sheffield to discuss the concerns of teachers ahead of further scrutiny in Parliament of the Government's misguided Education Bill.
Under increasing pressure and with morale at record lows, the issue of schools being able to recruit teachers and then keep hold of them is moving to the top of the education agenda.
Louise had a wide range of staff attend, from lunchtime assistants, through TAs and newly qualified teachers through to teachers with 20 plus years of experience and heads of primary and secondary schools.
Every single teacher in the room worked many hours outside of their working hours each week and they told Louise that the pressure being place on the profession by the OfSted regime is taking an unnecessary toll on teachers who fear their school may be wrongly judged 'inadequate'.
One teacher, who had 18 years’ experience in the profession, broke down in tears in the middle of the meeting, describing working 50 plus hours per week, constantly box ticking and evidence taking, the excessive marking and paperwork. All things she described as having no basis in the reason she originally chose to take up this vocation.
In the scrutiny of the education section of the Education and Adoption Bill, Louise is continuing to challenge the government to reduce the unnecessary pressure on teachers and do something to tackle the low morale caused by the attack on terms, conditions and pay.