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Enjoy it while the sun shines…

Whether it’s workload encroaching on the summer break or schools overhauling the education calendar to shorten holidays, Martin George finds there’s enough evidence to rain on the oft-cited cliché about teachers having too much time off

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“I couldn’t be a teacher because I simply wouldn’t know what to do with all that time.”

So joked comedian Al Murray as he hosted this year’s Tes Schools Awards, savouring the round of jeers he knew would come from the hundreds of teachers surrounding him.

It is the kind of ribbing that teachers are all too familiar with, but what is meant as light-hearted banter from friends and family can quickly become altogether more tiresome.

Research published this week found that teachers expect to work for eight days of this year’s summer holiday, on average, while heads anticipate spending 11 days ...

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