Nancy Gedge

Finding balance is crucial, as none of us is a superhero

A well-balanced life means a happy professional, and a happy one is someone who is able to do their job, writes the Tes SEND columnist

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It has to be said that the education system in this country (and probably worldwide, if I were to take an educated guess) runs on the goodwill (and extra, given-for-free hours) of the people who work in it.

Teachers and TAs are known for resourcing their classrooms themselves, buying large amounts of little extras (never take a trip to IKEA with a teacher – especially a primary one), as well as providing essentials, such as books for the library and breakfasts for hungry children, out of their own pockets.

Staff also regularly ensure that the children get the chance to experience a rounded ...

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