My own anecdotal observations suggest that it is in fact largely an accepted part of the job. Teachers may moan about it, but the frantic pace and heavy workload, ever increasing until punctuated by a holiday is by many seen as just the way things are in this career.
I can’t help asking myself, why?
I do not mean the obvious question of why. I fully understand the exhaustion caused by the pace of school life, with it’s unforeseen issues, changed plans and constant interruptions. I share the exhaustion that saw many teachers able to do nothing for the first night of their holidays but crash on the sofa and cease to move.
What I question is why is this culture so much a part of UK schools? Is it really necessary, and what impact does it have on the learning of the pupils we are meant to be meeting the needs of?
I’m not sure I have the answers, but I can’t help feeling that this state of affairs is deeply unhelpful. I wonder what could be done to shift this culture to a more productive and healthy one, both for teachers and learners.