Secret Teacher: working in the holidays devalues our profession

The extended holiday entitlement for teachers is fantastic, but the idea that it is an unwarranted perk is bogus, writes The Secret Teacher in The Guardian.

I understand why teachers go into school in the holidays. I used to, too. It would be the end of term, with everyone giddy from the sheer exhaustion of school life. “I can’t wait for a break,” I’d say, yet I would still go back in. Just a couple of days at the start of the holidays to tidy my classroom. Then before term, a couple of days to prepare. I’d hope to sort out a display or two, label some books and – what joy – laminate. Great. Whatever made me feel happy and settled seemed fair enough.

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