Friends come before the job
This upsets me as it reinforces the idea that, as teachers, we are supposed to put everything else after our jobs.
Like everyone else, I am irritated by colleagues whose cavalier attitude to their responsibilities means they take long periods of time off, or who fail to be where they are supposed to be.
However, I am horrified to think that, if a friend of mine were going through such an awful ordeal, I would not help her through it because I didn't want to leave my post for one day.
I hope that if something equally tragic happens to Ms Colyer, her friends have more compassion and perspective than she does.
Yes, it is a thrilling, important, varied and endlessly rewarding job - but it is just a job.
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