Are school holidays bad for teachers’ mental health?

The school holidays are upon us. Six weeks without early starts, without queues at the photocopier, hurried lunches, late evenings, meetings or pupils. Plans will have been finalised for vacations, time will be put aside to spend with loved ones, and much-needed sleep and relaxation will provide a welcome break. Tes reports.

But, despite the positives, there are downsides to having six weeks with no pupils to keep us busy.

The unique nature of teaching also makes returning from the holidays difficult. In fact, adapting from an extended period of holiday to an environment that is immediately stressful and demanding surely cannot be good for stress and anxiety levels

Read the full article Are school holidays bad for teachers’ mental health? 

Do you find returning to school a problem? Would you prefer shorter and more frequent holidays? Many people say that teachers get more than enough time to relax on holiday, do you agree? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin


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