- The senior leadership team keep telling you it’s not the end of term yet.
- The government decides to announce a major change to assessment.
- In your dream you have finished writing all your reports…
- …then you discover a secret classroom with 30 more students in it.
- Jake asks if you really do like red wine a lot, like his mum says?
- Alisha checks that you really do like unicorn earrings "like they sell in Claire’s Accessories" – even though you’re a man?
- You find yourself talking to your own children in report-speak. “Billy, you have made a major strides in your understanding of why you shouldn’t throw fish fingers at your sister this year, but you need to put that understanding into practice.”
- Your teacher-training friends who joined the independent sector are updating their Facebook statuses with “on the beach”, “shopping” or “relaxing”.
- You welcome next year’s class for an afternoon. You realise that your colleague’s “funny stories” about George are not that funny now he’s in your class.
- The deputy head turns up in shorts. She’s leaving for a new school next term.
- Ofsted calls.
- You update your social media status with “How can Ofsted call in the last week of term!?”
- You have another dream that you've finished writing all your reports…
- …this time you've done it.
- You take tissues to the Year 6 leavers’ play…
- …and you cry with laughter.
- You are emotionally preparing to wave goodbye to your class – they’ll never be another lot like them.
- You take the red wine and unicorn earrings home.
- Your non-teacher friends really start upping the ante, asking how you’re going to “fill” your six weeks off.
- It starts raining.
With just a week to go until most of England's schools shut the gates on the academic year, there are certain tell-tale signs that term is nearly over…
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