Daft question, but when you do guys actually take your holidays?
We're changing next year to fixed days, but I've been told we can only take a week off during term time so we will have to take some of the summer off.
1 week off whenever I feel like it on a half term. 2 weeks off in summer and 2 weeks off in Christmas term the rest I work.
31 days to take whenever I want to take them (minus however many working days are involved in enforced Christmas shutdown). *shrug*
I'm term-time only +2 weeks, which I can do as and when. I tend to go in at least one day during each holiday and sometimes more. I'll be in and out over the summer, and also updating our school website at home. I've experienced many of the summer disruptions the OP mentions, but I still make sure I take time to enjoy my holiday.
I had too much to do last year and ended up with 13 days holiday not taken, I then subsequently found out that if I didn't take them I'd lose them and I did - so this year I've taken 12 days off regardless of how much work there is to do! (and I've got lot's to do...)
We broke up 2 weeks ago, and there's plenty of milk in the fridges!
Things are going well apart from..
- Contractors turning off the power to buildings without informing us knocking out internet and telephones across the site!
- Summer school in using computers etc so we can't down bits of the network or upgrade IT suites.
lawyer up, hit the gym, delete facebookmaybe it's worth speaking to the HT and being a bit assertive about taking your holidays? If you're entitled to them, just claim (truthfully or not) that you're suffering burnout and it's affecting your performance. Failing that, maybe a quiet talk with your Union?
If you're entitled to your holidays, take 'em one way or another. Unless you can get paid extra for not taking them? That might be worth it. "Fine, I'm not taking any holidays, but you'll pay me extra for the 24 days I should've been allowed to take off!"?
I'm Term Time+, right now. So I'm working until Friday evening, and then I'm off for the rest of the summer. I think it's 20 days I work (so basically 4 weeks, not including weekends?).. Or is it 15 days? I forget, actually.. To be honest, school could pull me in more than I'm contracted for and I wouldn't actually notice (or care) because I still get time off most of the time, which refreshes me for the next term. Even working straight through the 1-week half terms is refreshing enough with less staff and no kids in the building.
I should probably find out what I'm on though..
Last edited by Garacesh; 22nd July 2014 at 01:27 PM.
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