Teachers reach breaking point

20th February 2004 at 00:00
It was with great interest that I read your article "Where do the teachers play?" (TES, January 16) Nobody seems to think that teachers need a decent break. I work with Year 1 and am desperate for a break after starting school at 8.50 and working solidly until 10.30.

I do not think people realise the intensity of contact time with 30 children. If we have wet break times, I do not get a break at all. Some weeks I can go two or three days with no break. Our staffroom is barely adequate - it is scruffy, untidy and cluttered. The toilet facilities leave much to be desired.

It would be nice to feel we were worth some consideration, but there is no feelgood factor.

I am near retirement so it is too late for me, but I hope things can be improved for future generations.

Penny Raven

Norbridge primary school

Stanley Street

Worksop

Nottinghamshire

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