June used to be one of the quiet times of year in school. A few years ago pupils were on work experience or were on study leave which meant lots of free time to plan for next year. This year I have my back against the wall in terms of time. KS3 are there as normal but study leave for all KS4&5 pupils has been cancelled, the rational being that the pupils will learn more if they revise for exams in school than at home (something I think I agree with).
But there is a knock on effect – someone has to supervise these pupils. This means that the lessons are still on and do not turn into teacher “frees”.
To make matters worse we have a new reporting policy at our school with very strict rules on the structure and length of written reports to parents.
Looks like I have my work cut out !