Thursday, 24 July 2014

Holidays Are Here - Teachers, Take Some Time Off

So the holidays are here at last.  Schools have shut their gates for the last time this academic year and children are off, off and away - school a distant memory.  The corridors of schools up and down the country are peopled only by the occasional member of site staff doing repairs that they are never able to get done with us all getting in their way.  Classroom are empty, bar the bin bags full of a years worth of debris in preparation for the deep clean over the holidays.  

Every year is a wild and wonderful journey when you are a teacher.  Only a teacher can really know what you mean when you say this.  There are dizzy highs and some sad lows - lots of which are outside of our control.  It can feel at times that we are pulled from pillar to post with all the changes that are imposed upon us from every direction.  It can appear that we have no say and are not respected as professionals.  It can take all our strength to stay true to what we know while still being open to new ideas.  But we do it.  We do such an important job and we must remember this when times are tough.  We make a difference and what we do matters.  We have a duty to do our best and keep strong.

With all that in mind, it is so important that we recuperate and regroup when we can - WE NEED TO!  Summer holidays are the perfect time to do just this so take that time and enjoy it.  You will be a much better teacher for it when term time comes around again.

Yes, of course we have to spend some of our holiday preparing for the year ahead but don't let this fill your holiday - because it will if you let it. Allocate specific time to school related work.  Teachers, I appeal to you to make sure that you make time to be you this summer.  Do what you love and revel in it. (Outside of teaching of course!)  

Holiday To Do List:
  1. Read those books that have been piling up on your bedside table. 
  2. See the friends you have been neglecting during term time. 
  3. Take that trip away with a loved one that you have spoken about for so long. 
  4. Unashamedly, take a nap in the middle of the day. 
  5. Lie in the sun all afternoon with your music a little too loud and a cool drink of your choice in your hand. 
  6. Spend quality time with family and show them how much you love and appreciate them.
  7. Follow your passion and enjoy your hobby be it knitting, sport, writing or gardening.
  8. Take some time to relax - do some yoga, go for a walk or meditate - whatever it takes.
  9. Try something new. Do something you have never done before, just for the heck of it.
  10. Go on a day trip.  Get on a train or hop in the car and just get away from it all for the day.

Have an adventure this summer and go back to school refreshed and happy that you have had a great break.

Happy holiday teachers!


  1. I've watched 'Flog It' and 'Homes Under the Hammer' on daytime TV for the first time. I guess that's not the kind of thing you meant, but it's a humble beginning!

  2. Great post, Sarah - and I absolutely agree. We work hard and need to find ways to unwind and properly refresh ourselves, to give us the energy to cope when the autumn term starts. In addition, we CAN feel we're neglecting family and friends (and perhaps our own needs, too...) in term time, so we need to make up for that in each holiday.

    See also this post from @jonnywalkeredu and my response?

    And have a great holiday yourself!

  3. Well I managed a trip to the cinema but have come home with a whole pile of work which needs doing & with less time off this year, holidays are a thing of the past for me....