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General Chat Thread, I love the summer work at school... in General; Daft question, but when you do guys actually take your holidays? We're changing next year to fixed days, but I've ...
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tall_Paul View Post
    Daft question, but when you do guys actually take your holidays?
    Well... I'm wanted in all term, but I have loads of stuff that has to be done DURING THE HOLIDAY...

    Any term-time holiday will be refused and if stuff isn't done during holidays I'll get told off because it isn't done...


    So, technically, I'm not allowed a holiday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Well... I'm wanted in all term, but I have loads of stuff that has to be done DURING THE HOLIDAY...

    Any term-time holiday will be refused and if stuff isn't done during holidays I'll get told off because it isn't done...


    So, technically, I'm not allowed a holiday.
    Likewise, except I'm asked for two extra weeks than the term. So I do get 4 weeks of holiday but I can't afford to take it anyway beyond chilling at home only spending money on tofu and noodles or looking for summer work.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bompalompalomp View Post
    Likewise, except I'm asked for two extra weeks than the term. So I do get 4 weeks of holiday but I can't afford to take it anyway beyond chilling at home only spending money on tofu and noodles or looking for summer work.
    I should point out, I'm on a 52 week "book holidays whenever" contract...


    I'm still owed 4 weeks holiday for this year, and that runs out in September.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    I should point out, I'm on a 52 week "book holidays whenever" contract...
    Well now I just feel silly.

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    31 days to take whenever I want to take them (minus however many working days are involved in enforced Christmas shutdown). *shrug*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bompalompalomp View Post
    Well now I just feel silly.
    And that's different because...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Well... I'm wanted in all term, but I have loads of stuff that has to be done DURING THE HOLIDAY...

    Any term-time holiday will be refused and if stuff isn't done during holidays I'll get told off because it isn't done...


    So, technically, I'm not allowed a holiday.
    I was like that when I first moved to full time, then realised I need the time off and took it anyway. Got to do a bit of clever planning and stuff doesn't get in the way during hols. You are owed so many days holiday, you need to take them. Work is never complete as they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    I was like that when I first moved to full time
    This isn't me saying this.

    It's the new HT.

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    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.

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    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...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marci View Post
    31 days to take whenever I want to take them
    Same here.

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    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.

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    @X-13, lawyer up, hit the gym, delete facebook maybe 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..
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