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Time to wake up and smell the (spilt) coffee

The weight of national guidance is making it hard for teachers to actually do their job

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The cup slams down on to the desk. Lukewarm coffee splashes on to the pile of documents I’ve yet to read. I don’t sit down in my chair, I collapse into it. The chair doesn’t invite me, I surprise it. In revenge, the wheels send me backwards into a cabinet. Three ringbinders, piled precariously, fall to the ground. I can’t be certain but I’m pretty sure my sighs can be heard in at least three adjacent classrooms. I stare at the 10 email requests I have received since the beginning of the previous double period. This can’t be what it’s all about. It just can’t be.

“What just happened there?” ...

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