Breaks and lunchtimes: the flaw in our system

The Quirky Teacher

To be fair, our situation is about as extreme as it gets. Recently, one of my colleagues was talking to me about the health and social data for the local community as I had put together a policy document which she was contributing to. It was one of those hurried conversations as we both needed to be on our way to classrooms to teach, but I remember thinking that an average life expectancy of 57 for males (it was something like that) was possibly even lower than Russia! Anyway, the mental health situation is also very interesting and of course it permeates into our setting, affecting everyone and everything, especially the parts of the day when children have more freedom. When I am out on break and lunch duty, I cannot help but think that one of the flaws in our education system is the continued assumption that breaks and…

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