Try to give independent staff and pupils a break
The criticism of the longer holidays available to teachers at most independent schools (On the naughty step, 14 December) fails to take into account one very important factor: the length of the teaching day. When my son left my independent preparatory school at the end of Year 6 and joined a state secondary he complained about the fact that I enjoyed longer holidays. We then calculated the total annual teaching hours for the respective schools and it emerged that the children at my school had more than 50 hours more in the classroom.
John Tranmer, Headmaster, the Froebelian School.