Hi all, I'm in my second year of being at a new school. I am a classroom teacher with no TLR responsibility, although I do have GCSE classes. I have been offered an amazing opportunity over the Easter Holidays next year to travel to Australia and take part in an Pagan Arts Festival (having successfully applied and been awarded a grant for travel, accommodation, and supplies to create a large scale sculpture) and have also been offered the opportunity to teach a few lessons in the local area. Obviously, I am going to take this opportunity with both hands! I'm just wondering what the general feeling would be about asking for additional time to be able to travel out to Australia (maybe 3 days). I'm totally not holding my breath- but it would make the whole thing much more affordable and give me time to teach out there too - just to clarify none of this is paid work. Does anyone have any suggestions? Ideas on how I can phrase this? I was thinking along the lines of CPD as I am a Design teacher, or down the religious observance route as my partner and I do follow Pagan traditions. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated, but please be nice- I'm aware its a long shot!