My teaching colleagues and I have been tasked with analysing the outcome of a recent set of assessments. Fair enough. However, the deadline for this falls within half-term. I feel pretty annoyed by this. I have never received a deadline *within* a holiday before (been teaching since 1998), and it feels intrusive. If the date had been before the holiday, or just after, then fair enough. I know that I need to work within holidays, and at weekends too - we all do. But virtually to specify how I manage *my* time is rather irksome. Any similar experiences? Is this common? Am I being too precious?