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Help staff sleep at night – don’t send that email

Teachers checking work emails late at night can lead to broken sleep

It’s 10.30pm on Sunday. My phone buzzes: it’s an email, sitting there like an unexploded bomb. It’s from “that parent”. The title? “Urgent!”

Opening it would lead to stress, and then forming and reforming a reply in my mind. Not reading it could mean missing a serious complaint. What if they ambush me at the gate tomorrow morning? Either way, my stress levels are up and a good night’s sleep seems unlikely.

Alongside teaching 30 children, and ensuring that they all learn and progress happily, teachers also have to deal with a mass of unscheduled responsibility: emails from colleagues, parents ...

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