I trained in Northern Ireland but I am currently working in England and I must admit, it makes more sense to end the term at the end of June rather than prolong it unnecessarily into July. Northern Ireland schools have been off for almost two weeks now while the English ones are still slogging toward the finish line. Exams are done and for the most part data has been uploaded yet teachers as well as students are still expected to give their all right up to the end- is this fair? I am aware than some schools run transition periods for their students but realistically, any work created at this point will have to be revised come September as the young people have six weeks to relax after this. Students and teachers alike seem truly exhausted but are still diligently trying to make it to the end of next week but surely a longer holiday would give everyone a chance to fully recharge their batteries. Northern Irish Schools finish three weeks earlier than English ones yet start back at roughly the same time - is there correlation between this and the fact that Northern Ireland seems to be consistently highest in GCSE results throughout the UK? I just think it is important that everyone, both students and teachers are given the chance to truly relax and switch off and the end of the external exams should mark the end of term for everyone. If teachers were given more time for recuperation during the summer then perhaps it may ebb the flow of teachers who are regrettably leaving the profession.