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Don’t look back in anger if your cherubs forget you

Teachers can’t help feeling a sense of loss at this time of year, as we watch our pupils move on. And while it might seem like they quickly forget you – you can rest assured that you really have made a lasting impression

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The rhythm of the teaching year is unlike that of any other job. For a start, in most jobs there are strict processes to make sure that everyone can’t book their annual holiday at the same time; nowhere else does the whole staff count down to a single day when every member can waltz off into the sunset for a few weeks.

Yet I’ve often found that the end of the summer term brings a strange, melancholic sort of joy. It is a joy, no doubt, to be presented with five or more weeks of timetable-free days, but there’s also something rather final – particularly in primary schools.

I’m reminded of a ...

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