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Primary and secondary are different animals

Why primary and secondary schools are different animals

A science teacher startled the staffroom recently when he revealed that he had previously taught in a primary school. There was a brief moment of respectful silence.

It turned out, however, that he had lasted for two hours and 15 minutes. (“Oh no, I didn’t want to do a whole day.”)

I knew what he meant. Primary and secondary teachers share the same language when referring to the growing expectations placed on us, but the heat is even more intense over there.

A NEU teaching union survey on workload revealed that the proportion of teachers talking about pressures and expectations was far ...

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