Hi, I'm in a big inner-city comprehensive that over the past two years has developed an extensive programme of Saturday and holiday lessons for pupils run by teachers. At first it was just before big exams, but now that GCSEs are more modular it seems to be all of the time--nearly every weekend since January, and every half-term and Easter break. Staff are paid to attend these sessions but pressure is put on staff when they don't want to attend, and the sessions are compulsory for students. On top of a backbreaking weekly work schedule, it's a lot! Has anyone else had to deal with this? I'm trying to figure out if this is the way all schools are going or if it's just mine. We're told that this is 'normal' but I'm not sure. Thanks!