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Word round the campfire: what they're saying...

"Twenty-five per cent teaching, 75 per cent crowd control."

An NQT describing the average teaching day to the NASUWT teachers' union in a survey

"I'm sure some teachers would find working weekends and taking breaks during the week very helpful."

Paul Mortimer, executive head of Hollingworth and Oulder Hill schools, in Rochdale, on plans to introduce a 364-day teaching year

"Does anyone else have a life as a teacher?" NQT on the TES online staffroom, on her first term in the job

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