Summer blues

28th July 1995 at 01:00
At this time of year, we envy our colleagues in independent and private schools who have closed their doors for this school year. Yet here in the state sector we struggle on until late July. The weather is hot, the pupils have lost interest in school work, and teachers are feeling drained and exhausted.

Twenty years ago, when I started teaching, we used to wind down slowly in the summer term. The A-level students and Year 11 students departed, and there seemed to be time to plan and organise for the forthcoming term. Now, we are hurtling along on a rollercoaster. The terms have become longer, the holidays shorter, the paperwork has increased, the non-contact time has decreased - the result? A teacher's lot is not a happy one!


13 Bacton Road



Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today