Returning to the classroom after maternity leave is a re-education

Planning, routine and saving everything to the cloud can help your new family life fit your work schedule. Grainne Hallahan reveals how she did it

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When I was on maternity leave after the birth of my first daughter, my biggest concern about returning to work was whether or not I would fit back into my old work wardrobe. I was more worried about having to replace my red pencil skirt than I was about fitting in time to get the red pen out.

Of course I would fit it all in…we always do, right?

Wrong. I returned mid-year, in time for key stage 3 data drop, KS5 coursework and a new specification.

And my adorable child who slept through the night? Two words: sleep regression.

It all came to an explosive head when, during a 5am marking session ...

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