When I was a little girl in the 1960s I regularly used to play at a friend's house. Her house was noisy, messy, untidy and wonderful fun. I remember my mum being horrified at the chaos and said 'well what do you expect her parents are teachers after all. There was a general stereotype around that teachers were bookish types who were too busy in the pursuit of knowledge to have a tidy house. I doubt the stereotype holds true today. The teachers' houses that I have visited have all been lovely and tidy. Maybe I missed the piles of encycloepedias all piled up ready for some light reading! I have spent lots of time this holiday clearing the 'grot spots' that developed over the last term. So are teachers conscientiously doing lots of housework and lots of planning or saying 'stuff it - I need a holiday' and having lots of fun?