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Female teachers are ‘breaking the glass ceiling to find a conservatory outside’ | Education

When the former headteacher Vivienne Porritt sat down for afternoon tea with four other teachers at a hotel near Bracknell, Berkshire, in 2015, she had no idea they were about to start a global grassroots women’s education movement. “Our aim was to connect women on Twitter, because we felt our voices weren’t being heard. Women felt shut down when talking about leadership and the kind of issues that were important to women. After a rant on Twitter on International Women’s…

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I’ve always worked in nurseries. How do I get a ‘grown-up’ job? | Life and style

I qualified as a nursery nurse almost 10 years ago. I knew it was never going to make me rich, but I enjoyed it at the time. Now I’m almost 29 and I worry that I won’t ever be hired to do anything else. I have excellent transferrable skills (near-infinite patience, ability to multitask, keep written and electronic records, deal with people from all walks of life, calm under pressure, and more) but all my CV is about jobs in…

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Should every worker have a 75-minute lunch break? | Life and style

Schoolchildren should have at least 75 minutes of breaktime every day, say a group of MPs. Most schools, according to a report by the all-party parliamentary group on a fit and healthy childhood, have cut lunch and breaktimes, which has a negative impact on pupils’ concentration, health and social skills. This begs a question: if children need more than an hour of downtime a day, what about us adults? The amount of time people take as breaks during the working…

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Burned out and overwhelmed: should you embrace the joy of no? | Life and style

What brings you joy? It is a question that is hard to avoid these days, as joy seems to be the new buzzword. It is on the cover of two new books, The Joy of No (#Jono) by Debbie Chapman, published at the end of last year, and The Joy of Missing Out, by the philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann, published earlier this month. It is also on Netflix, in the show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, in which the…

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Who’s going to care about the women being forced out of work? | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion

What would drive thousands of people a year out of jobs they love, or need, with no certainty about whether they will ever be able to come back? If you have parents of a certain age, you might already have guessed the answer. About 600 people a day are giving up their jobs to look after elderly or sick relatives, the charity Carers UK estimates, a hidden exodus from working life that we don’t discuss nearly enough. Young women are…

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‘Thank you is enough’: parents discourage festive gifts to teachers | Education

Parents should think twice before buying Christmas gifts for their children’s teachers, according to a Scottish parents’ group, as retailers promote increasingly lavish presents for teaching staff, and families compete to buy the most expensive items. The Scottish parents’ organisation Connect is highlighting a growing online trade in bespoke gifts for teachers, with some items costing over £100, as it calls on local parent councils and Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) to discourage gift-giving this festive season. Connect’s executive director, Eileen…

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The Guardian view on working hours: when more means less | Opinion

The poet Philip Larkin, no friend of feminism, wondered why he let “the toad work / Squat on my life? … Six days of the week it soils / With its sickening poison – / Just for paying a few bills! That’s out of proportion.” Six days a week was even then rather old-fashioned: most of the industrial world had moved on to a five-day, 40-hour week by 1970, after more than a century of agitation, and there was an…

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My colleague is a nerdy know-all who rewrites all my work. What should I do? | Life and style

I am in a line of work where it is standard practice for one’s work to be read over by a colleague in order to spot any mistakes before being submitted to the client. Even though I still have my problems with this after years of it, I can see the point. However, I have one particular colleague who basically rewrites my work. He doesn’t stop at correcting actual errors, he makes stylistic changes too – so many that I’m…

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