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As teachers, we can shine if backstage support is there

Sharing the paperwork with administrative staff could make a huge difference to teachers’ workloads, freeing us to do what we do best and be happier in our jobs

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“It's time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to raise the curtains on The Muppet Show tonight.”

It can feel that way preparing for a lesson. I bet, however, that Miss Piggy had someone to play the music, light the lights and raise the curtains for her. For teachers, it’s up to them to plan, prepare and teach the lesson – then reflect on, mark the work from and fill in the paperwork for the lesson.

While they want to be the most sensational and inspirational, there’s no help backstage. This needs to change. The paperwork and planning are unlikely to decrease, so how ...

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