13 weeks off a year that's how many weeks I get off! Some say too many, including Mr Michael Gove.
I got 9 days this half term, but I don't count the weekends as holidays, many people get those off, so that's 5 days but one of them was a bank holiday so I won't count that either as everybody gets that!
So I got 4 days holiday, however I needed to go to school today to do some work. I spent the whole day doing displays, I wasn't the only one - there were 4 other teachers in school today.
We are down to three days off and I still have all my planning to do for next term, well next week at least. That will take me another whole day, so that is it. Two days off for half term. After doing a quick poll amongst my friends and family I find that many of them have had a whole week off over half term to be with their children or to go on holiday. If the weather had been glorious I am sure there would have been a lot more people off work this week, or next week.
I can't pick and choose my holidays, I can't have a day off for my birthday or a Friday off to go on a long weekend stag do like my other friends. I have to pay extra when I want to go on holiday because the holiday companies put the prices up.
I know what you are thinking! I get 6 weeks off in the summer, no one else gets that! True but I count that as time off in lieu for all those double shifts I do. I get in from work at 6 and about 3 days per week work until Midnight. Every Sunday I spend planning - that's about 48 Sundays. 6 weeks holiday is only 30 days off work. I'll have an extra long Christmas holiday to use up the other 18. Thanks very much!
Next time you complain about the amount of time teachers have off work think about how much work they do at home too!
Rob from Literacy Shed