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Do teachers always get ill in the holidays? Plus 7 more myths and truisms tested

Teaching is awash with lore, legends and sayings that have been passed down through the generations. Many, we believe, must have an element of truth to them. But do they stack up? In the spirit of evidence-based inquiry, Simon Creasey sets out to get to the bottom of things, once and for all

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Oh no, that one is definitely true,” stated the headteacher, not smiling and clearly not joking. He could see I was a little confused, so he offered more evidence. “Every time wind whips through that playground, I can guarantee there will be three kids outside my office within an hour. It sounds crazy, but a windy day definitely increases bad behaviour.”

Despite the profession becoming more research-informed, despite the word evidence being thrown about more often than a rounders ball on the playing field, maxims such as this persist in teaching. Even the most rational teacher will tell you ...

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