The demands of teaching are such that it is often easier to go to work ill than to call in sick. What with the planning involved and the pile of marking left to welcome you back, many teachers just don’t do it!
When Harlow MP Robert Halfon was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education as part of Teresa May’s July reshuffle, he immediately tweeted his excitement at being given the apprenticeships brief.
So he asked what I was teaching that afternoon.
All afternoon? Really?
Yup, all afternoon.
Really? So you must have to give them loads of input? Spend half an hour showing them work by the impressionists? Give them loads of ideas to get started with?
Teaching is a demanding job and it attracts very conscientious people. Teachers, while definitely not saints, do have a tendency to put others’ needs before their own. It is easy to do, when you are caught up in the daily bustle of school and home life.
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