Do they know it’s nearly Christmas time at all?

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Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall? Or, at the very least, a calendar with “ONLY 80 SLEEPS UNTIL THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY” on it?

And, if you are, do you feel any guilt? Or are you happy to count down to the holidays, recognising them as your well-earned break from the pressures of school life?

That’s the question Shannen Doherty, a Year 4 teacher in south London, has been asking herself this week.

“Is it appropriate?” she asks. “Does it paint the profession in a bad light if teachers are constantly looking forward to their next break? Or is it completely normal to look forward to the ...

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