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May used to be an island of calm for catching up…

…but the study-leave window is now a busy and anxious time. So what’s the solution?

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Study leave is here again. The promised land. For five weeks, we teachers have clear classrooms, 80 per cent non-contact time and a surfeit of opportunities to do all the things we’ve been putting off. It’s a chance to tidy drawers; clear the pile of paper on the desk; and tackle all the things senior management have been giving us since January. Some will say we can relax in the absence of pupils, whom we know will of course be at home revising intently.

The reality may be somewhat different. Five weeks is a remarkably short time in education. There are activities days to organise, the new ...

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