There is no doubt that it is important for children to have a summer holiday, but does this have to come at the cost of their academic achievement? It has been widely acknowledged that the summer holidays can result in a ‘summer slide’ – a phenomenon in which students find themselves regressing academically due to the long break.
Ask any teacher and they will tell you that ‘teaching’ is just part of it. There is the responsibility to safeguard children in their care, create an atmosphere conducive to learning, the need to adequately prepare students for examinations... There’s marking, teacher-parent meetings, lesson planning... the list goes on. And on... With so many responsibilities, professional development can seem more like a ‘nice-to-have’ than a feasible commitment.