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24th April 2015 at 01:00
We bring you discussion, debate and issues from around the web and around the world by focusing on the most popular educational hashtags on Twitter

As teachers return from the Easter break, the end of the school year can shimmer in the distance like a mirage, tangible but unreachable.

TES columnist Stephen Petty provided his top five tips to make it through the term (bit.lyPettyTips), and we asked Twitter for more ideas using the hashtag #summersurvival.

Food and drink played a large part in people's suggestions. @idiotguide4 advocated for "vodka and chocolate", whereas @MsBrooksx went for the more school-friendly suggestion of "copious amounts of tea".

Teachers were also advised to have the strength to say no. @kvnmcl told tweeters to only "say yes to what actually matters". And @AnneTaylor warned others to learn from her mistakes: "Don't sign up to mark exam papers (wishing I had taken my own advice)."

Above all, people wanted to make sure that teachers took the time to be kind to themselves. "Get up early - you're in control, not controlled by work," @Vicki_Easton said. "Have some me time. Happy, healthy teachers are the most effective and have the most impact", @EnglishJenB added.

And @natdia89, with an admirable dose of optimism about what the great British summer has in store, said: "Enjoy the sunshine alongside markingassessmentplanning and so on."

Will Martin

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