A school trip can be just that – your downfall

An unfortunate formative experience as a probationer gave this primary teacher an unlikely phobia

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Summer term has arrived and with it a sense of joy at the prospect of light nights and warm days stretching towards the long summer break. In the words of Buddy Holly, the sun is up, the sky is blue, there’s not a cloud to spoil the view. But my happiness is tinged with anxiety. It may not be raining in my heart, but there is a depression forming.

Our Year 4 trip to the nearby Tropical Butterfly House should be the highlight of our rainforest topic. They have sent us free lesson plans, a detailed risk assessment, and a promise that our children will learn about living things and their habitats ...

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