Teachers can no longer be legends in their own lunchtimes

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If a week is a long time in politics, then 40 years in education is several lifetimes. I have seen many changes in this time. 

When I started teaching in 1978, there was a morning interval, an afternoon interval and at least an hour-long lunch break.

I never really understood the logic of the drive in the 1980s for a shorter day, removing afternoon break and cutting lunchtime to 50 or even 40 minutes. I know it will be defended by colleagues citing a lack of resources for supervision and potential for hijinks, but the system lost out with this shortening of the day.

Lunchtime, in particular, ...

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