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How to make part-time teaching work

Adapting to a three-day week after maternity leave was a struggle for Katie White, but she found a way through and has some tips to help you do the same

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One of the best things about being a teacher is the pace at which we work; it makes the job stimulating and invigorating. But it’s stressful, too. If you take your finger off the pulse for one second (it seems) you are immediately behind on everything. A day off can turn into something to be feared as the resulting back-log of jobs becomes insurmountable: inboxes explode; pigeonholes are overwhelmed and desks become rehoming centres for Post-it notes.

But I didn’t just have a day away from school, I had a year on maternity leave. And then I returned part-time, which meant not being in school ...

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