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What it’s like to teach in…Toulouse

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In French society, there’s a misguided perception about teachers. For every six or seven weeks of school, we get a two-week holiday, as well as getting a long summer vacation – people see teaching as easy. The holidays are definitely a perk, but school days are extremely long. And, like in the UK, teachers work after school and on weekends.

It feels as if we’re constantly having to defend ourselves every time someone asks what our job is. I wish that parents would recognise teacher contributions and be more respectful. Children are very smart and pick up on the attitude that parents project ...

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