Xhat Parmar, director of e-learning at Ashford School, in Kent, says her school has a policy that discourages the sending of s in the evening. She says this is usually "respected by parents and teachers".
The type of s that teachers might receive, about specific problems with children, are also going to need more than a quick reply. It's not an inificant amount of time.
Apart from the loss of time, how much creative energy disappears into multiple, quick-fire replies and keeping down the s of unanswered s? Allen Tsui, academic enrichment programme leader at Willow Brook primary academy, in east London, says schools are recognising the importance of preventing an excess of s. And that shouldn't be because people "need to be seen" by sending everyone an on Alo chat afternoons.
He says the difficulty with dealing with parents' s is that it can be such an open-ended dialogue. How do you go about answering s about "who got the parts in the Christmas play"?
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It's about diplomacy as well as directness and s run the risk of being interpreted differently from how they were intended. Carl Ward, head of the City Learning Trust, in Stoke-on-Trent, says schools need to make sure that staff are not under nightt pressure to answer s out of working hours.
It's also not just a problem for teachers in the UK. Lotta Juvin, a school principal from Malmo, in Sweden, says fears of a work overload is damaging the recruitment of teachers in her country.
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Schools are now expected to act as welfare centres and social workers, she says, adding to the type of out-of-hours requests likely to arrive. As a school leader, she says, she has to lead by example by not sending out unnecessary s.
Meanwhile, one other teacher at the educational technology show says there is also another category of irritating sent to all staff: "I've lost my cup. Does anyone know where it is?