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Do you wish for the return of longer lunch breaks and proper staffrooms?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by TES_Rosaline, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    It isn't shirking to have your lunch break. It isn't shirking to take your lunch break free from any school related activities.
    josienig, InkyP, Mangleworzle and 3 others like this.
  2. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I frequently went to my office for lunch and slept for twenty minutes.
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  3. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    'Power napped', surely!
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  4. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I'm sure I could make a suitable comment but I'm up too early and I have fishing to do followed by a visit to Frank Owens's establishment.
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  5. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    My school was like that once. A good laugh or moan at lunchtime prepared you to go back into the classroom in the afternoon. I left 4 years ago and apparently the staffroom is hardly used now, people just dash in and out to grab a coffee before going back to their classroom. There is only one teacher left who was there when I was there. Very sad.
    sparklepig2002 likes this.
  6. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    It isn't shirking it's vital to your physical and mental health.
  7. Pageant

    Pageant Occasional commenter

    In the early days we had a lunch break of an hour and a half. On Fridays I drove into town to go to the butchers and M&S then dropped it all at home (I lived 10 minutes walk from the primary I taught at). I used quite a lot of lunch breaks to hear individual children read - it was expected that they would read to an adult every day and I had no TA with 31 in reception. Even then I spent little time in the staffroom. The most time consuming - and waste of time - in a through Primary was trying to locate resources eg finding batteries/wires/globes/weighing equipment, which was supposed to be stored all together in one small room. It used to drive me mad because there was never enough to go round and it was always a job to find who had it!

    Some time later the head and deputy had an affair which turned her into a spy in the staffroom. Everyone guarded what they said knowing that it would be reported back to the head by the deputy (he later became an Ofsted Inspector............)

    Picking up the pieces after the long playtime at lunch meant time was constantly wasted in the afternoon dealing with playground squabbles so lunch time was reduced to an hour with two sittings- the advantage was that school finished earlier and there were fewer problems and squabbles at the start of the afternoon.

    No idea what goes on now. It's a few years since I jumped ship.
  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I think the age of the staff room is long over.
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  9. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    When I first started teaching in 1981, the staff room was a hotbed of activity! It was full of smoke and raucous laughter and arranged very much along departmental lines - English, Maths, Science, PE, etc - we all had our 'area'. We did occasionally migrate out of our subject zones and we were a very sociable staff. We had a lovely tea lady, who always made sure the urn was ready at break and lunch times and it was very much our bolt-hole. Can't imagine anything like it now - it sounds like the 1950's! Happy Days.
  10. maggie m

    maggie m Lead commenter

    In my first school we always went to the staffroom at lunchtime. It was a large sprawling site so at morning break science and art who were next door congregated in an art room. The science and art technicians took it in turn to make sure a pots of tea were brewing when the bell went. They were happy times.
  11. smurphy6

    smurphy6 Star commenter

    We get a hour for lunch and our staff room is busy throughout that hour. I always manage to get in there for 20 to 30 minutes to eat my lunch and chat every lunchtime. I’m working before and after school so don’t go in there then. I also pop in for at least 5/10 minutes every morning break.

    The more I read these threads the more I realise how lucky I am. My HT encourages all the staff to use the staff room and it is not used for anything else only for staff to eat, chat, relax. It’s a big room with tables and comfortable chairs, it’s a busy room and you can often hear laughter in there.

    I think having somewhere to go is vital. Sometimes just getting out your own room refreshes you. I’m so glad we have it and couldn’t imagine working in a school without one.
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  12. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    I remember being very taken with this staff room of a school I once visited for music exams:


    But I must admit that in my own school, the very nice Common Room was gradually used less and less as departments got spanking new buildings in which each department had its own staff room.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2019
  13. silkywave

    silkywave Lead commenter

    The staffroom was full last time I went in one. It was fully of supply teachers. I’ve never seen so many supply teachers in one school? In special measure as happened.
    (And a technician had written the cover work for me. )
  14. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I commend that technician. My last one was a better teacher than either her 2 predeccors.. Predecessor qual tchrs I meant to add.Spellcheck not making it clear that the teachers she replaced (for1/4 of money) and whose work she had been doing for 2 yrs was good. Right, this phone getting on my bloody nerves.
  15. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    If only husband hadnt suddenly got stuck with outawork work, I too would have been able to type coherently on a different device..One that works. One that does not poke Chinese suggestions....
  16. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

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  18. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

  19. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    I think @Mangleworzle is right. If we had longer breaks and lunch times, we would only be expected to supervise students, or undertake additional teaching duties. At my last school, morning break was gradually reduced down to ten minutes, which was useless to both staff and students. The administrative block was built on most of the old playground, so there was nowhere for the students to go anyway. Initially, lunchtime was reduced from an hour down to forty minutes, then to thirty-five, and then to thirty, which was simply impractical, as it did not give enough time to get all the students through the canteen. Since the fare was mostly finger food, like greasy slices of pizza, few sat down to eat, but just collected their food and left. Students coming to the first lesson in the afternoon, straight from the canteen, and still bolting their lunch, was the norm. The staff room was partitioned to make offices, and then disappeared over a holiday.

    I felt sorry for the students, as the were herded through their day like cattle. Neither staff or students could relax or socialise, as the management saw every moment stent doing so as a 'lost learning opportunity'.
  20. George_Randle

    George_Randle Senior commenter

    And the smoking rooms were sedition's murky heart.

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